We live in a blessed country, in a place filled with peace and prosperity, in a Country where the only problems arise from our own prejudice, a place where we have the freedom to go about our busy daily lives, living the ways we choose. In these times it is easy to forget that it hasn’t always been this way.
As we run around going to work, or university, to the gym, or just sloth out on the couch, our minds are always racing with selfishness, which is 100 per cent okay. But this day, like many other memorial days we have a chance to stop, take a deep breath and think about the ultimate sacrifice that many brave men and women have made over the years to defend the country we love and the freedom to make our own choices.
Many of you may not agree, I have argued for our troops on a regular basis to sheltered people who have not been exposed to the good work that our uniformed personnel do on a daily basis. It is too easy to think that your life is good, and the world is as peaceful as it can be, that the wars we are involved in are none of our business and that our defence force is no longer a necessary force. But, it isn’t just about what they do overseas in wartime, but also what they do for those who need it most in times of peace. For you see there is more to an Army, Navy, or Air Force than being the force that stops nations in times of war.
Our defence force is a community that is integral to the creation of the image of ourselves as a nation that we hold dear. It is the reputation of mateship, hard work, and larakinism that arose from the trenches that has created the international image us Australians are so proud of. Which is a comment not lightly coming from an actual Kiwi, but you see despite where I was born I do call myself an Aussie, for your world is a world that I can align with, your nationhood is based on strength, joy, and hope, all things that come out of the work done by those who serve in green and blue.
It is 5 years today since I booked myself into my YOU session to join the Australian Army, a journey I thoroughly enjoyed despite the fact circumstances arose that lead to it also being 3 years since I resigned. However the spirit of the defence force will always call to me. It is a community I believe I will never be far from, for many of my friends still serve, and on a daily basis I am bursting with pride over the work they do. Yes there are days they come home and feel that they aren’t doing the work they believed they would be doing, but to my darling friends, although day to day it may be a struggle and you may not see the point of your work, the bigger picture, the machine you are a part of is a light that guides so many, a force that your Country should forever support.
So please, today, on the 11th November 2015, make sure to take time out of your busy day, a day that you can enjoy because of the bravery of these many men and women, and remember them. Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in years gone by, and think of the many who wake up at the crack of morning every day to make sure there is a long legacy of a proud defence force protecting and uplifting the Country we so dearly love.
“We will remember them,”