Today we remember the brave men and women who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. They fought to preserve our way of life, and to protect others when they could not do so themselves. War should never be glorified but we must take time to reflect on the sacrifice of those who fought for our freedom and the freedom of others.
Today we commemorate ANZAC Day.
Until recently my knowledge of the ANZACs centred around what I had learnt at school. That was before I read Dodging the Devil by George Martindale. This book is a a collection of letters written by George to his family and vice versa. It paints a very different picture from compared to what I thought I knew, especially in regards to Gallipoli. As it is written from a son to his parents the letters are candid, detailed and completely honest (well as honest as they could be given censorship). I took my time reading this book. I felt that George Martindale deserved my respect enough to do that, even if at times I found myself opposing his quite strong views. In the end, George paid the ultimate sacrifice dying due to complications from war related injuries, despite returning home.
If you have never read a true account of war, being Australian or otherwise I do recommend trying. I am yet to read the second war book I own (Our Darkest Day Fromelles) as I feel I need to be in the right space before I start. You need to prepare yourself for not liking some of what you read, but at the same time respect that it was a different time and most of us will never be in their situation (God willing).
The Ode For The Fallen
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Lest we forget.