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Lest We Forget

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One has to have a good reason to set the alarm for 3am – and the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli is one of them. Despite the temptation to silence the persistent buzzing my daughter and I prevailed and headed down the hill for the train to the city. We joined an estimated 30,000 others in cordoned-off Ann Street in the Anzac Square precinct, to take part in the traditional Dawn Service at the revamped Shrine of Remembrance starting at 4.28 am, the exact moment those thousands of young soldiers waded ashore in the dawn light of Gallipoli 100 years ago. Today’s attendances at many locations around Brisbane stand in contrast to those of earlier years, particularly the fractious post-Vietnam War era, when participation in Anzac Day remembrances dwindled markedly, putting at risk the Anzac promise of Lest We Forget.  That pledge looks safe now with the younger generation comprising a healthy share of spectators and participants.  Our multi-cultural communities were also strongly represented and I overheard, as I entered the Shrine of Remembrance, a Turkish man ask if he could place his national flag on the memorial. In the true spirit of the reconciliation between our two nations the official happily welcomed the gesture.

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They shall not grow old…

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Author: technanna

I grew up in western Queensland, worked as a newspaper and television journalist, public relations and public affairs officer and freelance correspondent in Australia, the UK, Japan and Saudi Arabia. I have three grown children and two grandchildren. I am retired, but work to keep the brain and body fit, and to stay marginally in touch in our ever-changing technological environment.

3 thoughts on “Lest We Forget

  1. Well done for making the effort. I have mixed feelings about celebrating war.

  2. Not celebrating war but acknowledging those who were morally pressured into fighting a battle that wasn’t really ours to fight. As are most of the wars we get involved in. Our armed forces seem to be dispatched too often on errands at the whim of politicians.

  3. Yes we should acknowledge those poor soles but that is not how it comes across on TV.

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