It’s not just the tempo of the music from bands, the drums, the last post…
It’s in the looks and on the faces of the returned servicemen. The faces in the crowds, the slight tear one might see as medals tinkle by.
It’s all of that, and much more.
It’s the frowns and concentration on the faces of the younger people who flock to services across Our Towns to take part in Anzac Day ceremonies that make this day, our own special day of thanks and remembrance.
The numbers who turn out each and every year grow as our Generation Y and Millennials embrace the meaning of this, one of the most significant days in the history of our nation.
While our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, makes an unannounced Anzac Day visit to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet serving Australian troops, and leaders of both countries our politicians and community leaders gather with us at home.
Today, we remember not only Gallipoli, but special thought is given to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba in 1917, a famous victory for Australia’s Light Horse Brigade.
Special mention also made to the 75 anniversaries of the first bombing of Darwin and the Kokoda campaign in Papua New Guinea.
And never forgotten-There will be the memories of the fallen, the tributes and the thanks, spoken and silent, for those that have given all and everything for us, and our nation.
Sentiments, too deep to be just spoken about are, today symbolized, immortalized and memorialized.
Generations that have lived, loved, prospered and carried on shaping a nation and positioned it, well, in a world of constant turmoil.
Today is the day that we say thank you to those who ensured that future for us all.
It’s no small matter.
It is sorrowful, it’s meaningful, it’s a purity of emotion that goes deep.
It is AUSTRALIAN.
And to it all is a joyfulness that others, from other places, cannot quite understand.
The celebrations that may precede or follow those deeply moving ceremonies.
It is joyful because, for us here, now, today, and how we live and get to live is the very reason those that serve, gave and give as they did and do.
There is deep sentiment to it all today.
Sentiment from all… Because…We may be.
That’s why those frowns and solemn looks on those young faces are so very important today.
And it is why the rum and milk at Dawn for the diggers and marchers in Our Towns Across the nation today has been important.
It is why the two up games, the stories told long into the afternoon, the sports that is played, the BBQ’s that may happen in back yards and parks all showcase and shape a deep deep sentiment that, in and of itself, says thank you.
it may, to some, in other parts seem strange for us to “celebrate”, but it’s about understanding exactly who we are and how we got here.
Most importantly how we’ve managed as a small nation to climb to the top and prosper and stay free.
WE remember. We care. We shall not forget.
Anzac Day is more than tradition. It’s part of us.
It is who we are and to those ANZACS and those that have served after, those that are serving today…Thank you for helping make us this good…This place, Our place, our people, Our Towns.
We shall not forget.