Please respect the 1 minute of silence at at 11am on 11 November on Remembrance Day in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Lest We Forget...
This is not an empty phrase. For many people Anzac Day is just another day, a holiday, but it should be so much more to everyone.
As the wife of a military man and ex-military myself, ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day are two of the most important days of the year to me, days to acknowledge the contribution our husbands, friends and family make to the military, both in the past, present and future.
It is so easy to forget what they sometimes go through, what they are willing to sacrifice, especially when 80% of the time my husband leaves every day for a normal 9-5 work day and everything seems normal.
Then there are the days he comes home to tell me he is off somewhere dangerous, even only for a few days, flying in and out, I don’t sleep and look forward to the day he comes home.
My husband has seen a-lot in his time in the Air-Force on transport planes, helping in the clean-up of the Bali Bombings, Humanitarian disaster relief including the Cyclone in Burma, The 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami where he was near the danger zone when the Nuclear Power Plants were at risk and many more. Not to mention time in Iraq, Afghanistan and other long deployments into conflict areas.
So when we think about ANZAC and Remembrance Day, it’s not just about the past men and women whose lives were lost and served with honour, but about the present and the future men and women who continue to protect us, give their lives and their loyalty.
I am very proud to know so many men and women like this as a part of the military family and I say THANK YOU to you all.
So please, please everyone teach your children the importance of recognition, of honouring these men and women who are often taken for granted, after all, one day your children might be the men and women being sent overseas into dangerous conflicts putting their lives on the line with courage and commitment.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. Lest we forget.