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Article for Your Liverpool Magazine

February 15, 2017


Anzac Day is a day when we remember all Australians who served in war and in conflict zones. Courage, mateship and sacrifice all symbolise the Anzac spirit. Anzac Day has a special meaning for Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes, who’s Grandfather, John Hayes, served in World War I. In 1915, at the young age of 20, he joined the 29th Battalion where he was sent to the Suez and then transferred to France in 1916. John was twice wounded in action, the worst in England when he was shot through the neck, requiring long hospitalisation. His battalion fought in Fromelles, Polygon Wood, and in Belgium. The Battalion also participated in a great advance following the Battle of Amiens and launched a major attack on the Hindenburg Line. "He was a humble man but very proud to have fought for his country and I still remember the stories he shared, particularly when he reminisced about the camaraderie he had with fellow diggers." "His mates were everything, they had your back and you had theirs." "Anzac Day is very important to me and it’s hard to describe the emotions I experience when attending a service." "The Dawn Service is particularly moving, there’s just something about that time of the day with the sun rising – I am always moved beyond words." "For me, Anzac Day defines how Australian’s act in the face of adversity." "Freedom comes with an exacting price and we should never forget the sacrifices made to ensure our freedom and liberty." "On Anzac Day, we should also honour all our current serving members who today continue to defend our liberties and freedom."