Over the weekend I read this beautifully written article about a couple of old diggers. It was such a moving and heart warming story, and it reminded me exactly why Anzac Day is so important for us Aussies.
“We used to go out to dances together and work together,” Mr Gilmour said. “He’s lying in a grave up at Burma.”
Every year my family and I head into the city and watch my Poppa march in the Anzac Day parade. He served in the 7RAR Battalion for the Australian army for 21 years. We are very proud of him and his army mates, and it’s always so amazing to see these old diggers dressed up, wearing their medals with great dignity. You can see how emotional and significant the day is for them. We’ll never know exactly what they went through, or how many mates they lost.
My Poppa wearing his medals
It surprises me when people tell me they’ve never been along to an Anzac Day parade. It’s such a shame as it’s a great way to recognise, thank and honour the men and women of our defence forces.
If you’ve never been to an Anzac Day parade, then this year you should go and check it out. It will make you feel so very lucky and proud to be an Aussie.
Lest we forget.
* In Perth, the Anzac day dawn service begins at 6am at the State War Memorial in Kings Park. The parade starts at 9.30am in the city. For more info head to Perth Now.0