What Anzac Day means to Sergeant Daniel Trew
SERGEANT Daniel Trew hasn't missed an Anzac Day service. Ever.
"I have been attending Anzac ceremonies all over Australia for the past 37 years," he said. "Initially it was my mother who would drag the family to watch dawn services and parades. Watching my father marching and participating in Anzac Day activities and being a guest speaker at my school. I never understood the importance of Anzac Day all those years ago."
But for Sgt Trew, 37, times have changed.
"Now I'm a serving Defence member, married to my beautiful wife Rachel and blessed with my daughter Makayla, who is two," he said. "Both Rachel and I have a family history of service, with relatives on both sides of our family who served in the defence force.
"Her father, Greg Brooker, was a serving member, and she has relatives who serve in the Navy and have seen service in various conflicts."
Sgt Trew said his father William was in the Royal Australian Infantry for 15 years prior to transferring to Intelligence Corp in 1996, after 21 years of service.
"I have many relatives who have written their own page in the Anzac tradition, serving in various conflicts over the last few years," he said.
"While Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Forces during the World War I, to our family it's a day of remembrance, paying respects to serving members past and present and honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice."
Sgt Trew said his family looked forward to Anzac Day.
"As a family we attend a dawn service and I proudly march with Makayla," he said.
"The Anzac Day tradition has always been important to me and my family. I think the tradition encouraged me to join the Army."
Sgt Trew said he believed the community support for Anzac Day activities continued to grow due to the increased number of conflicts, peace keeping and humanitarian missions in recent times.
"Most community members have had family or friends serve," he said. "I don't think we should limit our support or thoughts for returning soldiers and family to Anzac Day. Those serving members and families should be supported every day."