Anzac Day has become more important in Australia’s history as time passes and our soldiers that served in World War I and II dwindle in number.
As a child, I remember being told that my great uncle was on the ship where the surrender was signed with the Japanese, but he also would run screaming to the gate that the kamikaze were coming in his sleep or another relative that worked at the leper hospital in Broome that had to evacuate the patients into the bush each time the Japanese bombers came. Friends that had grandfathers that were Japanese POWs.
Our children no longer know the people in the family stories about those that went to war like we did, so they become less real…
Anzac Day provides a tangible remembrance of the sacrifice that our grandfathers and great-grandfathers and now great-great grandfathers made and the national pride that they forged as our fledging nation was established in World War I.
As you march, watch the Anzac Day clash today remember the hardship, resilience and sacrifice that our soldiers and their families make in the name of our nation when they serve in our military service both now and then.