FROM THE ED­I­TOR

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This Mon­day is An­zac Day and while many might just see it as an­other day off work, I be­lieve it’s more im­por­tant now than ever to re­mem­ber why we com­mem­o­rate the day.

As our lives get in­creas­ingly busier, I find we are less in­clined to look back and re­mem­ber those who fought to make the lives we lead now pos­si­ble.

This week we fol­low the Colling­woods on their trip re­cent visit to Ar­ras in France where they did just that.

Shirley and Clive Collingwood traced the steps that Kiwi Sap­pers took whilst build­ing tun­nels un­der­ground to get be­hind en­emy lines in WWI - a jour­ney they say will sit heav­ily on their hearts for some time.

I took a sim­i­lar trip to the bat­tle fields of Gal­lipoli in 2003 and it had a mas­sive im­pact on me.

I sat alone at An­zac Cove try­ing to imag­ine what would have been go­ing through those young mens’ minds as they landed ashore.

So on Mon­day let’s again stop and re­mem­ber them.

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