Members of the Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australian Chapter observed Remembrance Day on Thursday 11 November at Bonnyrigg Park in the vicinity of the Assyrian Genocide Monument, corner Smithfield Road and Elizabeth Drive, Bonnyrigg.
Assyrian Community leaders observed a minute’s silence at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, at the time when Australians remember and show respect to the men and women who fought and died for Australia in all wars and armed conflict.
Mr. Shahen , the Regional Secretary of Australia and New Zealand, said in his speech to the gathering that “Assyrians as an integral part of the Australian society have gathered here to honour and commemorate Australia’s reviving moments from the past. Today, we are saluting and paying tribute to those men and women pioneers, who paved the way, so that future generations could enjoy the freedom and prosperity.
He continued that at the same time as the Australian soldiers were engaged fighting the enemy in Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, from see and land, high in the mountains of south East Turkey, the Assyrian Nation was engaged in fierce fighting with troops of the same evil that was trying to destroy remnants of the Assyrian people and drive them out of their homeland, in one of the worst genocide in history aiming to eliminate the total Christian population, remaining in the Ottoman territories.
It is imperative to remember that our freedom and prosperity, our security as a nation, and our comfort and confidence, as a multicultural society, in this blessed country of Australia, are the result of the sacrifices of those who served this nation where that freedom and democracy continues to thrive.
We are indebted to them and shall always remember them.