FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
IT WAS encouraging to see the numbers at this year’s Anzac Day dawn service in Cannonvale.
Last year saw a record 3000-strong crowd – but last year was the centenary – so we expected the numbers would be up.
The fact they did not dip – and it’s believed even increased slightly this year – shows the respect for this tradition and the many people who have fought for our freedoms.
That this continues to grow in our communities is a credit to us and the younger generation, who will ultimately carry it on.
As always there were some amazing stories to rise with the sun on Monday.
Tales of lives and loved ones lost and veterans who’ve seen firsthand the horrors of war too terrible to talk about.
From the comfort of our secure homes here in paradise, it’s hard to comprehend what our forefathers went through so that we might walk free.
And of course those battles continue today.
The wars in the Middle East rage on and all too often these days we seem to be confronted with imagery of horrific terrorist attacks on our television and computer screens.
Just as they did 100 years ago, there are still men and women laying their lives on the line in the hopes of putting an end to the conflicts worldwide.
As was brought home in many of the speeches delivered on the day, the Anzac tradition is not about the glorification of war, it is about a celebration of our freedom and an acknowledgement of the courage and sacrifice of those who continue to shape our identity as nations.
Lest we forget. Sharon Smallwood Editor