Lieutenant Jacob Stewart is a submariner currently serving at navy Headquarters in Canberra.
Lieutenant Jacob Stewart is a submariner currently serving at navy Headquarters in Canberra.

Former Dalby Submariner on what Anzac day means to him

A FORMER Dalby State School and Dalby High State High School student commemorated Anzac Day a little differently this year.

Lieutenant Jacob Stewart is now a qualified submariner and currently resides in Canberra with his partner, working at the navy headquarters.

With the COVID-19 restrictions now in full swing, many Australians still made the effort to commemorate the day, even if it was from their driveway.

“I will be streaming the Australian War Memorial Dawn Service with my partner at our apartment,” the 25-year-old said.

“Later in the day we will be going for our daily exercise, walking past the various Memorials on Anzac Parade.

“We will also be baking a batch of Anzac biscuits which is a tradition for our family.”

While the annual commemoration is always moving, Mr Stewart recalls which service resonates with him the most.

“My first Anzac Day Dawn Service while enlisted in the RAN was my most memorable Anzac Day to date,” he said.

“The service at HMAS Creswell, the Royal Australian Naval College for officer training, was an exceptional commemoration to those men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.”

As a former Dalby local, Mr Stewart acknowledged how important to commemoration is to the town.

“My first Anzac Day memory was at Dalby’s 2008 Dawn Service.

“I was representing Dalby State High School as a student leader and was lucky enough to place the school’s wreath on the memorial during the ceremony.

“Anzac Day holds high importance to me as both of my great grandfathers fought in World War 2 in the Army.

”One of them paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the national interests of Australia and I will remember them.”


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