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THOUGHTS of a vet­eran.

An An­zac ser­vice is not to publicly con­done or sup­port wars, but a pub­lic dis­play of grat­i­tude and na­tional pride for all our men and women who have fallen or were in­jured in so many wars.

Just as im­por­tantly, the pain and sor­row felt by so many fam­i­lies who lost loved ones.

The An­zac ser­vices publicly and an­nu­ally dis­play the Aus­tralian spirit that comes to­gether pri­mar­ily as six com­pe­ten­cies: en­durance, courage, in­ge­nu­ity, good hu­mour, lar­rikin­ism, and mate­ship.

As vet­er­ans, re­gard­less of the colour of our uni­forms or even what our first lan­guage is, we all take the long jour­ney re­turn­ing to nor­mal life.

Along the way, we may get lost, stum­ble, fall, but we stand up, again and again, never for­get­ting we are the lucky ones. We are here.

The good hu­mour, lar­rikin­ism, and mate­ship stay with us for life. STEVE TOON, Vice-pres­i­dent, RSL Bel­mont sub-branch.

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