At the go­ing down of the sun

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

RE­MEM­BRANCE Day con­tin­ues to be a date on the cal­en­der that all Aus­tralians observe in one way or an­other.

The first thing I no­ticed, and prob­a­bly the first thing many of us no­tice when we learn about Re­mem­brance Day, is the po­etic na­ture of its timing.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

I have grown up around com­mu­ni­ties and peo­ple who hold days like this and An­zac Day as sa­cred, right­fully so, and the North Bur­nett has proven no dif­fer­ent.

What comes into stark fo­cus when liv­ing in a small re­gional com­mu­nity is the true mag­ni­tude of sac­ri­fice and loss the wars brought upon our na­tion.

A cen­tury ago to the month and day, young men, younger than I am now and some of them just boys, faced some­thing we have spent 100 years try­ing to un­der­stand for our­selves.

Words can’t de­scribe: I think that is the term I hear most fre­quently when vet­er­ans of the great wars try to ex­plain it in in­ter­views and old record­ings.

And to­day we still have brave sol­diers in ser­vice over­seas, some whom have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and the rest who are pre­pared to.

It’s on and around days like Re­mem­brance Day when I try my best to imag­ine even a frac­tion of what those sol­diers faced, their fears, dreams, hopes and de­sires.

Lest We For­get.

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