Bloodstains of sacrifice recalled in Murray Bridge on Remembrance Day 2022
Pastor Paul Calnan has echoed the words of a long-dead prime minister at a service at the city’s war memorial.
“Our heritage, our free institutions of government – all that we hold dear – are handed back into our keeping stained with the blood of sacrifice.”
So said Prime Minister Billy Hughes in 1919, shortly before the first Remembrance Day.
His words were recalled by Lutheran Pastor Paul Calnan at Murray Bridge’s war memorial on Friday, as about 100 people gathered to commemorate the wartime sacrifices made by generations of Australians.
Mr Calnan paid tribute to those whose blood had stained the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli, the deserts of North Africa, the jungles of Vietnam and a dozen more battlefields.
He remembered those whose blood had been spilled in Singaporean prisons, European skies, oceans around the world, and even on Australian soil as a result of training accidents.
He honoured “those who may have won the war abroad but lost the battle at home, through mental illness, through addiction and suicide”.
“Today, we remember them all.”
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