A heartfelt day of remembrance
The Left do their best to mock ANZAC day but their influence is just a tiny rock being overflowed by a great stream of national remembrance -- as again happened this year
Australia has always subscribed to the great British tradition of always having allies -- so we never have to fight alone. For example, during WW2 millions of Russians died to help preserve British freedom.
But as allies we have to join those allies in their confrontations. So since 1899 (Yes. 1899. Not 1989) Australian troops have joined in just about all of Britain's and America's wars. There are only short intervals where Australian troops are not fighting in a war or confrontation somewhere on the globe. So despite its small population and out of the way location Australia has some of the world's most seasoned troops.
No soldier likes war. Wars kill soldiers. But when asked to serve they give of their best. So ANZAC day is NOT a celebration of war or an outburst of militarism. It is a commemoration of the grit and determination of the men who have fallen -- very often men of our own family. We take this one day to honour them and hope that we are worthy of them.
A massive crowd has gathered in Sydney's CBD for this year's Anzac Day parade which, for the first time, is being led by hundreds of female veterans.
Rain has not deterred crowds from lining Elizabeth Street to watch more than 16,000 servicemen and women march to commemorate 103 years since troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.
Among those at the head of the parade will be 100-year-old Molly Cummings, who is honouring her many family members who have served for Australia.