Fields of Remembrance

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Creating a culture of remembrance and respect for those who have given their lives to protect our country and the freedoms we enjoy comes down to many little things that we do as a community and a nation. How do we communicate to the younger generation the value of what our fathers and forefathers fought and died for?

One inspiring and inventive way I saw recently is a competition for schools to create an artefact or piece of art which commemorates or recalls an aspect of World War 1. By doing so we are inviting our young people into a place where they take time to reflect on some of the realities of war. For those who are interested, simply click here.

Things like this are just as important as our Anzac ceremonies. I want to thank the tens of thousands of people who came to the Mount Cenotaph a couple weeks ago, who respectfully listened even though the speakers’ voices were lost in the wind. You all silently spoke about what is good about community.  These are important family occasions as they bring us together to remember all that was fought for by earlier communities of which we are a part.