Salute to a great Australian

Monash Commemorative ServiceA commemorative service has been held at Parliament House in honour of General Sir John Monash, Australian military commander in World War I.

Organised by The Spirit of Australia Foundation, the Monash Commemorative Service has become an annual event paying tribute to the service of a great Australian.

The commemoration was attended by veterans, representatives of the Australian Defence Force and members of the Jewish community.

Member for Essendon, Danny Pearson, made a statement on behalf of the Premier and laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Victoria.

“Monash was a compassionate leader and cared very much about his men, who came from every stat and territory of Australia, and their welfare,” the Order of Service for the commemoration stated.

It also noted that 50 years after the end of the First World War, Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein wrote: “I would name Monash as the best General on the Western Front in Europe.”

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