As a History writer, it would be remiss of me if I did not post on ANZAC Day. I do it every year. But this year, I am going to take a slightly different angle. Not because I want to – but because I need to.
I turned my computer on to see the headline that comedian Catherine Deveny had said some pretty derogatory things about our veterans. I thought about sharing the link – but I don’t want to give her any more publicity than I need to in order to make my point. Last year, again on ANZAC Day, it was Yassmin Abdel-Magied inappropriately hijacking the day for political purposes. Not sharing her link for the same reasons: I am not going to give her any more publicity than needed to make my point.
My point is this: our soldiers, in all centuries, have done their duty as required and where required. And their lives were on the line. And their mental health. Every. Single. Time. Whether you agree with the wars Australia has been involved in is beside the point. Many, many of them paid the ultimate price. And many, many families were left to deal with the cost. Whether you think there are other issues in the world that need to be addressed is beside the point. Whether you think that being in the military is no big deal, is beside the point. Choose a different day to get on your soapbox. ANZAC Day is the day set aside for a nation to remember fallen soldiers, damaged soldiers, lost time while men and boys were fighting (often for democracy and freedoms that we value) and their families.
Please, on 25th April – Lest we forget Australian and New Zealand soldiers. There are 364 other days in the year for your taunts and protests.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.