Actively marking a significant day

Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Shane Murphy, reflects on the meaning of Anzac Day, preparing to commemorate the day at home with family.

Actively marking a significant day

This Anzac Day, Physical Training Instructor Petty Officer Shane Murphy, who grew up in Mount Elliot, North Queensland, will commemorate the day with a dawn workout in honour of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

Petty Officer Murphy, based at HMAS Kuttabul in Sydney, who has served in the Navy for 23 years, said he would undertake a dawn workout with other PTIs around the country and felt it was a personally appropriate way for him to mark his respects on one of the most important days in the Australian calendar.

“I will be doing an Anzac Day fitness workout at dawn with a few other PTIs from around the country in honour of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Petty Officer Murphy said.

Pushing yourself to the limit physically is a small sacrifice for what past veterans would have endured during wartime, but it is a way of paying our respects.”

For Petty Officer Murphy, Anzac Day is a staple annual event, which not only adds meaning to his own service, but also that of his family, which has a long military history. 

“I have family of former veterans still in Townsville and Charters Towers, and Anzac Day means a great deal to all of us,” Petty Officer Murphy said.

“It’s about reflection and being thankful for what we have. It’s about pride; pride in what I do and pride in what others have sacrificed to ensure the freedom of this amazing country.”

While he hasn’t commemorated the day in his home town of Townsville since joining the Navy in 1997 after being lured by the idea of travel and adventure, Petty Officer Murphy said it has always meant a lot witnessing communities showing their appreciation and support at services on the day.

“It means a lot seeing the public commemorate Anzac Day each year regardless of where that’s been or how it’s been recognised,” Petty Officer Murphy said. 

“For people to show their appreciation for what we do as service men and women is extremely rewarding. It puts it all into perspective.”

Australians are encouraged to commemorate Anzac Day by watching the commemorative service televised from the Australian War Memorial and pledging to #StandAtDawn. Australians can also participate by sharing stories, photos and videos via social media channels.

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