ANZAC DAY is almost here again, and over the next week you will begin to see wonderful men and women in shopping centres and malls selling ANZAC Badges.
Don't ignore them...they represent the courage and bravery shown by our soldiers in wars and conflicts, and they deserve our gratitude and unfailing respect for their sacrifices. Some of these men and women are elderly now, but they all love a good yarn!
So, I encourage everyone to stop & smile, share a "hello" and offer a "thankyou" to these Australian heros who have given so much.
ANZAC DAY holds special meaning for me, as a number of my relatives have defended our nation in years past, and they still feel the effects of their experiences to this day. Many years ago they were recruited for National Service, and they dutifully fulfilled their roles. But it has profoundly impacted and changed their lives forever. The horrors of war never go away and the memories of lost mates never dim.
We will attend the Dawn Service at Mount Macedon on ANZAC DAY this year, as has become our annual ritual. Our entire family, including children as young as 5 years old, will honour our service men and women by "standing to" in solemn silence and prayer as the dawn breaks over the misty hills in the Macedon Ranges.
The Dawn Service is haunting and emotionally overwhelming, which is entirely appropriate as we remember our soldiers.
Lest we forget.