Member for Manly, James Griffin is encouraging the community to pause on ANZAC Day to reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our nation.

Mr Griffin said, “It is an opportunity to honour our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms throughout the years.

“ANZAC Day provides an important opportunity for our community to pay their respects,” he said.

For Manly Electorate residents, a Dawn Service will be held from 4.25 at the Manly CBD War Memorial, followed by a Commemoration Ceremony from 11.00 am.

Dawn Services will also be held at Manly Dam and Dee Why Beach from 5.30.

Other services are planned for the Balgowlah RSL from 6.00 am, the Brookvale Bus Depot from 7.15 and the Harbord Diggers from 8.00 am.

Mr Griffin said, “I will be attending most of the local services as well as the Marlins v Rats Rugby clash from 3.00pm at Manly Oval, where ANZAC Day will be formally acknowledged prior to the game.

He said, “One of the best ways we can continue honouring the ANZAC spirit is to care for our modern veterans.”

Figures show Australia has over 57,000 full-time, active-duty personnel and more than 32,000 active reservists.

They also show one in twenty Australian households, or 5.3%, have at least one person who is serving or who had served in the Australian Defence Force.

“We thank each of them for their service as we remember those who have gone before in the defence of our country and its much-valued freedoms and privileges,” Mr Griffin said.