STANDING in the War Memorial Park at Ceduna this week on a frigid April morning, listening to The Last Post play, I felt a deep sense of respect forall of the service men and women who served in wars past and for those who are still serving our country today.
More than 200 people attended this year’s dawn service to pay their respects. It is comforting to know that as past wars become more distant, there are still so many who will not let those lost to war become a forgotten memory.
I recently attended a servicemen’s meet where men from our community who had served during the Vietnam War were commemorating 50 years since they were called up to serve.
Most of these men are familiar faces in the community, but many people do not know the depth of their variousexperiences during this time.
I was honoured to be invited to this meeting, and apprehensive about speaking with these men about their experiences. I have grown up in a privileged era, where opportunity is abundant and I am safe, free and supported in my community.
I have always had an awareness of the wars, my only real connection being through my grandparents, who served during the Second World War, so being able to hear first hand stories from these men was a valuable insight.
The servicemen at this meeting graciously sharedstories andspoke of their time serving in Australia and overseas in Vietnam.
It was an illuminating experience and one I wish more people could have to gain a better understanding of the privileges that we have,and the reason why we are able to live the way we do today.
Amongthese men was a great sense of mateship, which I am sure developed through their shared experiences.The spirit of Anzac embodies courage, sacrifice and mateship, and that spirit isprevalent in these men.
So as I stood in the War Memorial Park on Anzac Day and remembered the conversations I had at the servicemen’s 50 year commemoration, I had a completely new perspectiveon the significanceof Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
It is important that we always remember the Australians who served during war andand we pay respect to those community members who have served and continue to serve for our country and community.
Kaitlin Kavanagh, journalist
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