They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Robert Laurence Binyon, Sept. 1914
This is not a day to commemorate or celebrate war, it’s resultant destruction and loss. Anzac Day is however a day when we can solemnly remember those who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp., the Army, Air Force and Navy services since and ongoing. These service men and women endured through sometimes unspeakable events and sights and without them, Australia could have been a very different place. Few could comprehend the difficulties these men and women faced, nor having returned to Australia, may still be facing. We owe it to those who have returned from service overseas on our behalf, to be treated with utmost respect not just by the wider community, but the Government who as our representatives, should be making sure our veterans are looked after better.
Here in Sydney, concrete bollards and extra security has been put in place for the Anzac Day Parade as I suspect has been done elsewhere in Australia. How awful it is that our peaceful Australia has to pre-empt and confront those who would attempt to disrupt our way of life – they are a blight on society and have no right to live here.