It is fitting that the first Plenty Valley FM blog entry is regarding an event that unites us as a community and country and defines us as a nation.
Today is ANZAC Day. We seek not to glorify war or even victory. Instead, we pay respect for those who paid the ultimate price, sacrificing themselves so that we may enjoy the freedoms we enjoy today. We pay respect to those who served and returned home, both living and now passed. And we pay respect to those men and women now serving, and those in community organisations that work hard to maintain the ANZAC legacy.
Plenty Valley FM has a long history in supporting RSL’s, community groups and individuals in sharing stories and information that serves to remind, educate and inform our local community about the history of our men and women in armed services. We have also provided exposure to community organisations and people that may not otherwise have mainstream media access to share their story. This is what Community radio is all about.
In recent years, we have strengthened that cause through broadcasting the Dawn Service at Epping RSL. The broadcast provides a real benefit for those unable to attend a service in person. We acknowledge those listening in aged care facilities across Melbourne, and appreciate your support.
The numbers have grown in recent years, both in attendees and in participation. It is particularly pleasing to see and hear about more involvement with the younger generation, with schools, sporting groups and scout associations being actively involved. The legacy will continue.
Plenty Valley FM would like to thank the Committee, Management, staff and volunteers at Epping RSL in the continued support of our station and assisting with the broadcast today. Internally, we would like to thank all of the presenters, staff and volunteers that made the broadcast happen. In particular, we thank Bill McGillivray and Brian King for being the driving forces in preparation and presentation of the broadcast.
We are conscious that the Epping RSL Dawn Service was one of several held across our broadcast area in the cities of Whittlesea and Banyule and Shire of Nillumbik. All of us who reside or work in the Outer North East should be proud of the community spirit in evidence across ANZAC week.
Whether you are spending what has turned into a glorious day alone and enjoying a day off in solitude, or relaxing with loved ones, or perhaps excited by the footy, I sincerely encourage you to spare a thought for those on active duty, and those that paid the price so that we may be here today.
Lest we Forget
Jeff Cullen – President – Plenty Valley FM