Dig­gers give us clar­ity

Sunshine Coast Daily - - YOUR SAY - CRAIG WARHURST craig.warhurst@sc­news.com.au

A CEN­TURY ago to­mor­row, on No­vem­ber 11, 1918, four hor­ri­ble years of bloody con­flict came to an end.

Two months ear­lier, af­ter sev­eral months of fight­ing on the West­ern Front, the Al­lies broke through the Hin­den­burg Line on Septem­ber 29, 1918 paving the way for the Ar­mistice.

At home in Aus­tralia, large crowds gath­ered to cel­e­brate the end of con­flict.

In all, close to 62,000 Aus­tralians died fight­ing for the free­doms we have to­day.

To me Re­mem­brance Day, like An­zac Day, is a time to re­flect on the sac­ri­fices made for us by oth­ers.

I of­ten won­der what the fallen Dig­gers of World War I would think of us now.

The hor­rors they faced are like noth­ing most of us have seen.

Yet mod­ern day Aus­tralians, with the ad­vent of so­cial me­dia seem to be get­ting more in­tol­er­ant and ir­ra­tional.

We vent and rant about the most triv­ial of things in this new era of out­rage.

This on­line rage of­ten turns into real threats and bul­ly­ing with­out facts ever been known or in­ves­ti­gated.

That’s why the Ar­mistice is so valu­able in mod­ern so­ci­ety.

It grounds us and lets us know what­ever is hap­pen­ing in our com­fort­able mod­ern life it’s nowhere near as bad as what our fore­fa­thers en­dured.

Lest we for­get.

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