Diggers give us clarity
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.