Riverina Nationals MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is urging students throughout the Riverina and Central West to enter his 10th annual ANZAC writing competition.

Mr McCormack said it was important to continue to remember the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have fought for peace and freedom in conflicts all over the world.

“ANZAC Day is the most important day on our national calendar,” Mr McCormack said.

“It is imperative that we continue to build on the momentum gained during the centenary of ANZAC commemorations.

“This is why I produce an ANZAC Day booklet each year which also contains ANZAC service times across the region and is distributed to every mailbox in the electorate.

“One of the highlights of the booklet is the publication of the winning entries from the ANZAC writing competition.

“Last year, we had more than 800 entries from more than 35 different schools.”

Mr McCormack has written to the more than 120 primary and high schools across the electorate to encourage students to write a creative piece on “Remembering our ANZACs in the Riverina and Central West”.

“Each winning and highly commended entry will receive a book prize with a signed commemorative label,” Mr McCormack said.

“Every student who enters will receive a signed certificate which will feature a watermark image of this year’s cover.

Entries need to be submitted by 5pm, Friday, February 28 either by mail to the Wagga Wagga Electorate Office (Suite 2, 11-15 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga 2650) or via email to michael.mccormack.mp@aph.gov.au.