On Sunday 7 August I had the pleasure of attending the Burwood Sandakan Remembrance Service at the Sandakan Memorial in Burwood Park. The memorial was unveiled in 1983 by Paul Keating, and every year since there has been a service to remember the soldiers who were held as prisoners of war in Sandakan, Borneo, following the fall of Singapore in World War II. The conditions suffered by those prisoners were brutal and almost unthinkable to many today. Of the nearly 2,500 prisoners held captive in Sandakan, only six survived. As the new patron of the Sandakan Community Education Committee, I make a commitment to the community that we will never forget the incredible sacrifices made by those who suffered at Sandakan. I acknowledge the committee: Clyde Livingstone, Gladys Barnes, Russ Kenny, Alan Chapple, Colin Hodges, Kevin Connelly, Mary Bryant, John Fisk, Councillor John Faker and Michael McMahon. I thank them for the trust they have placed in me by naming me as their patron.