The speech of French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, at the opening of the Sr John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux, will one day find its way in the great anthologies of the truly memorable and moving speeches of history.
“Coming here, seeing this centre and tower, looking at the names of the 11,000 Australians who died for France and for freedom, I could not help thinking of the terrible loneliness which these thousands of young Australians must have felt as their young lives were cut short in a foreign country. A foreign country. A far away country. A cold country whose earth had neither the colour nor texture of their native bush.”