Show re­spect for sac­ri­fice

MAYOR’S VIEW

Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION - Wil­liam Ha­zlitt, Bri­tish es­say­ist (1778-1830). John Bowler

As mayor of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der, I urge res­i­dents to at­tend at least one of the func­tions this week­end to mark the cen­te­nary of the end of WWI.

While the events of to­day and to­mor­row link to the 1914-18 war, your at­ten­dance is recog­ni­tion of the sac­ri­fice made in all wars — from both world wars to Korea, Viet­nam and to­day in the Mid­dle East.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of Aus­tralians have lost their lives or been se­ri­ously in­jured, many of them from the Gold­fields.

On this spe­cial oc­ca­sion they de­serve your re­spect. In 1918, the crowds were joy­ous, with cel­e­bra­tions last­ing for days in Hannan Street and Burt Street.

How­ever, for ev­ery rev­eller in the street, there would have been a mother sit­ting at home know­ing her son would never re­turn.

A cen­tury later — im­mune from the per­sonal hor­rors of war — the ser­vices will be more som­bre and re­flec­tive of the price paid by so many. We will not be cheer­ing and sing­ing songs, re­lieved that our loved ones and friends who had sur­vived to No­vem­ber 11 will now be com­ing home.

I have been to the Aus­tralian War Memo­rial at Viller­sBre­ton­neux in France.

Some of the grave­stones show young Aus­tralians were killed right up to No­vem­ber 11, and in some cases the wounded died days and weeks later. Ev­ery death is a ter­ri­ble tragedy.

It might have been the war that changed Aus­tralia from six colonies to a na­tion but it was a ter­ri­ble, cruel war and that is why we should show our re­spect this week­end.

At the time the world thought WWI was to be the war that ended all wars, but we know that was not the case — that young lives are still be­ing sac­ri­ficed.

As a na­tion we must al­ways, with­out equiv­o­ca­tion, re­spect and hon­our those who have fought for Aus­tralia, even if his­tory shows we should not have been in­volved in a par­tic­u­lar con­flict.

The in­va­sion of Iraq is one that comes to mind, with hind­sight show­ing it to be an un­just war.

Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der has a proud his­tory of young men and women de­fend­ing our na­tion. This week­end we should hon­our them and at­tend one of the ser­vices in Kal­go­or­lie or Boul­der. New York Gover­nor An­drew Cuomo plans to ban the sale of flavoured e-cig­a­rettes next year, pos­si­bly mak­ing his state the first to pro­hibit such va­p­ing prod­ucts, of­ten mar­keted as a safer al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional cig­a­rettes.

A spokesman for the Demo­cratic gover­nor told The Wall Street Jour­nal his ad­min­is­tra­tion would soon re­pub­lish reg­u­la­tions ban­ning the sale or pos­ses­sion of fla­vored e-cig­a­rettes. The reg­u­la­tions could then be adopted af­ter a 60day pe­riod of pub­lic com­ment.

The State Depart­ment of Health posted the reg­u­la­tions on Wed­nes­day but re­scinded them to al­low ad­di­tional time for le­gal re­view.

Va­p­ing is il­le­gal for mi­nors in many States, but stu­dents say they can buy them on­line or from adults.

We must al­ways . . . re­spect and hon­our those who have fought for Aus­tralia.

Signed Al­ston prints are avail­able from www.west­pix.com.au. Phone 9482 2378.

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