Humbled to take part
With the cancellation of Anzac Day events around the country, this year most people will be paying their respects from home.
There will only be a few small services held. Although not open to the public, they will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and streamed online.
Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Frank Borton has been selected as a member of the four-person catafalque party at the Anzac Day private service being held at the Adelaide National War Memorial.
Currently posted to the Edinburgh Airbase Operations Squadron, No.24 Squadron, Corporal Borton said it was an honour and privilege to represent the Australian Defence Force on this significant day.
“Anzac Day is a chance to commemorate the sacrifices and efforts of not only past members and their families, but also those sacrifices being made by current members and their families,” Corporal Borton said.
He said one of the best and most challenging highlights of his career was being part of a service in the Middle East in 2015 for the 100-year commemoration of Anzac Day.
“The service that was conducted on that Anzac Day in 2015 is something that I will never forget,” Corporal Borton said.
“To have the opportunity to represent my country once again during the only South Australian Anzac Day service will be a memorable and humble experience.
“Normally Anzac day is a chance to catch up with mates I haven’t seen in a while, over a beer or two, but this year I am going to check in with those mates via social media.
“The friends I’ve made and some of the people I’ve had the opportunity to work with, during my time in Defence, have also been some of the most rewarding and challenging times of my career.”
Growing up in Gympie and Brisbane, he originally joined the Army directly out of High School in 1991 as an apprentice vehicle mechanic, then discharged in 1998.
After exploring a few different jobs, his service to country again came calling and he joined the Air Force in 2012.
He is now a ground support equipment technician within the mechanical equipment operations maintenance section.
“The jobs that I had were very rewarding but just didn’t offer the same type of challenges and camaraderie that I had enjoyed as a member of the Defence Force,” Corporal Borton said.
“I realised that a career in defence wasn’t just rewarding but offered me a chance to give something back to my community and the country as a whole.
“Defence also offered me the opportunity to not only better myself but also the lives of my family and of those around me.
“On this Anzac Day, I will proudly reflect on my service and pause to acknowledge my fellow brothers and sisters’ contributions to making us the united country that we are today.”
Australians are encouraged to mark Anzac Day by watching the commemorative service televised from the Australian War Memorial. Australians can also participate by sharing stories, photos and videos via social media channels.