As the Air Combat Group Warrant Officer, the customs and traditions of the Air Force play a large part in Warrant Officer Rudi Vitasz’s day-to-day job.
Anzac Day 2020 will be a chance for Toowoomba-born Leading Aircraftwoman Tahnee Alexander to stand quietly on her driveway at dawn and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the more than 102,000 Australians who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The opportunity to combine his Indigenous heritage and military service is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for one of Navy’s newest sailors, Seaman Lynton Robbins.
Private Oliver Atkinson Perillo grew up listening to heroic stories of his great grandfather, a veteran of both World Wars, as well as a few stories from his grandad who also served in WWII.
Able Seaman Elizabeth Jones has commemorated Anzac Day in Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Micronesia and around Australia but has fond memories of the commemoration services held in her home town of Launceston, Tasmania.
Growing up in the regional port town of Bunbury in Western Australia, Able Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Stephanie Hart would commemorate each Anzac Day at a local dawn service followed by morning tea with family at home.
When she’s performing the national anthem this Anzac Day, Musician Rachel Shead, of the Royal Military College Band, will likely be singing to the smallest audience of her career, but with the most people watching.
Lonely sounds of the Last Post echoing across the Australian War Memorial will have a special significance for the Royal Military College Band’s Sergeant James Duquemin this Anzac Day.
Able Seaman Amy-Lee d’Hotman de Villiers was to form part of the Anzac Day catafalque party at Gallipoli this year.
Regardless of whether he’s in Australia or overseas on Anzac Day, for Gunner Kendall Breitenstein it’s about taking time to honour and reflect on those who have served in wars and modern conflicts.