Anzac parades about remembering fallen
Anzac Day is about commemorating the Anzac spirit and those who sacrificed their lives in service of their country (“Ladies first, civilians last in Anzac march shake-up”, 15/4).
This year we should be commemorating the last year of World War I and the beginning of the Anzac legend. Women have always been able to march with their respective units. There has never been any discrimination. We have always marched together.
Introducing segregation is not good, but the real issue should be about remembering the fallen. The changes to the order of the Anzac Day march are a PR stunt. Nothing about the march was broken and after nearly a century of tweaking nothing needed fixing.
Anzac Day has always been about the veterans, with veterans leading. This year it has become a military parade featuring interest groups and serving personnel. Veterans have been pushed back an hour, and the World War I people we should be remembering and commemorating, including the historic Beersheba mounted troop, have been relegated to the back of the Parade Item 50.
Sadly, the new generation has lost sight of the past and what our Anzac heritage is all about! ROBERT SYDNEY
YOUTHS NEED ENCOURAGEMENT
I felt a bit insulted by RSL president James Brown’s comment re Diggers “marching behind someone in trackie daks with some medals they have found the day before”.
Anzac ceremonies have shown a strong participation from our youth, and in doing so, a renewed interest and appreciation for what our soldiers sacrificed for our current lifestyle, I’m sure they don’t just “discover them the day before” and roll up to the front of the queue.
In all my years of attending the marches, there has always been a priority on ex-service men and women to take precedence over relatives in the lead.
These kids (and the adult relatives of veterans) feel a pride in participating in the marches and representing those who gave up their lives so they can live in this great country.
I have yet to see one in “trackie daks”.
If it wasn’t for the youth of Australia, these marches and the Dawn Service would have a very low attendance. JOHN ROBERTSON PORT MACQUARIE