What I don't get about Anzac Day

Anzac Day is arguably, the most important day in Australia. It’s the day we come together to show our collective respect for those who have fought, suffered and died for their country. Over the years, more and more people have come to understand that this (and indeed New Zealand, whose countrymen often fought alongside Australians) is a country worth dying for.

The Aussie Rules game played at the MCG always holds great significance, probably because it attracts up to 100,000 people. This Anzac Day, I was listening to an interview with a player who had played in one of these games in the past. He said that just standing at an empty MGC was an awesome (in the real sense of the word) experience, but to stand there with 90-odd thousand people in the stands all standing in absolute silence following the playing of the Last Post, was incredible.

Around Australia, millions attend the traditional Dawn Services, while others attend services later in the morning. Like those at the MCG, they all stand for a minute’s silence following the playing of the Last Post. All silent. All respectful. All knowing this is a country worth risking one’s life – as many have shown in the past.

Like most others, I get this – in a big way.

What I don’t get is why, in our workplaces, on the streets, in nightclubs and at other sporting events, the same level of respect cannot be displayed on a daily basis.

Sure, Anzac Day is special, and so it should remain.

It is special because our country is special. And a country is only special because if its people.

Anzac Day.



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