ESA attend Last Post Ceremony at War Memorial

Released 04/05/2015

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today has laid a wreath at the Australian War Memorial at the daily Last Post ceremony honouring a relative of a member from the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA).

“It was an honour to attend this moving ceremony today, especially given the significance of the ANZAC campaign 100 years ago, Ms Burch said.

“I would like to thank the Australian War Memorial for creating this opportunity for the ACT ESA. Staff and volunteers with the ESA including all its services including the ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue, the ACT Rural Fire Service and the ACT State Emergency Service attended with their families.”

The Last Post Ceremony was introduced in April 2013 at the Australian War Memorial. Last year, the Memorial approved for the ACT ESA to honour a relative of one of its members listed on the Wall of Remembrance. Now in its second year for the ESA, the Last Post Ceremony on 4 May coincides with St Florians Day, the Patron Saint of firefighters.

“Today’s Last Post Ceremony paid tribute to Private 1989 William Thomas Libbis, who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915,” Ms Burch said.

“Born in November 1893, Private Libbis was 21 years of age when he fell.

“ESA staff and volunteers were invited to nominate a relative to be honoured for the dedicated Ceremony. Private Libbis was selected and was a relative of a current volunteer firefighter from the ACT Rural Fire Service Guises Creek Brigade.

“It was a special occasion to be a part of and it was also pleasing to see members of the public supporting today’s Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.”

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