ANZAC Day – 2017

ANZAC Day is probably the most important date on the Australian and New Zealand calendar, honestly no other day comes to mind. Remembrance Day is very important also, but there is nothing quite like the atmosphere of an ANZAC Day dawn service. For those who aren’t from Australia or New Zealand this is the day 102 years ago when these two nations participated in their first major military operation in World War I. Aussies and Kiwis died together on the beaches of ANZAC Cove (as it’s known today), just before the break of dawn on the 25th of April 1915. Both Australia and New Zealand were relatively young nations at the time, Australia only federating 14 years prior. The day represents a coming of age for the two nations, and we still celebrate it 102 years on, with many more ANZACs fighting for their country. We tend to get carried away with politics, these days in particular, violence and personal attacks have become the method of discourse, much to my dismay. ANZAC Day is the day we put all of that aside. Soldiers just follow orders, you cannot blame them for the decisions of politicians, good or bad. These people put their lives on the line to keep us safe, yet this isn’t good enough for some people, that it’s not respectable. I for one think that’s a disgrace. It’s shameful to sneer at those who guard you while you sleep. So thank you to the brave men and women who serve and to those who have died protecting us. Lest we forget.

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