In today’s busy world it’s so easy to get caught up in the events of the day that we tend to forget the lessons we should have learned from the yesterdays of our life.
It’s good to take time out occasionally to stop and think about where we’ve been and what, or who, has influenced our life.
The European occupation of Australia doesn’t give us a lengthy history but encased in our growth as a Nation is the legend of ‘Anzac’.
It’s our responsibility to ensure those who come after us remember our men and women who served in the wars and confrontations of the past. Australians, both of European and Aboriginal backgrounds, many of whom were volunteers, served in the armed forces and many gave their lives for this country.
The Good Book tells us that ‘greater love has no one, than those who lay down their lives for their friends’.
Anzac Day is a good day to stop and look back at those who loved us enough to fight and die for us.
We may choose to commemorate the day, by attending the local march through the streets, being at the RSL Dawn Service or just taking part in a simple local driveway gathering in our street. Whatever the way, we should try and ensure our children are involved in some way with us.
It’s also a good day to tell the kids the story of Australians at war in the past and why we enjoy the freedom we have in this country today. Maybe we’d better make sure we know the answers ourselves first.
I’m Peter Mack and that’s life.