Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

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 pri­mary 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 stays with us for life.

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