Guest Post by JooR
In 1915.. on the 25th of April.. Allied Forces invaded Turkish soil… WE WERE THE INVADERS… and we were defeated in that campaign. But We remember those who served, we commemorate their mateship, their resilience, their determination…AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK TURKEY.. the land we tried to capture.. for allowing us EVERY YEAR to return to commemorate the landing of the ANZAC…..
In these times of ugly bigoted racism rising it should be reminded to some, that Turkey is an Islamic Nation and they have paid us a great honour in allowing and joining with us in our commemorations.
ANZAC Day is the day on our Calender that has always meant the most to me..have never been a Big Australia day person.. and I worry that ANZAC Day will become a day that is abused by the dumbfuck racist bogan, another day to drape the flag around one’s shoulders and allow it to drag along the ground…
Another day to cry AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE OI OI OI (which in itself is disrespectful because without the Kiwis it would only be AAC DAY).
Another day to abuse the *Mozzies* and the *towel heads* and cry STOP THE BOATS…………..
And .. that is ALL NOT what ANZAC DAY IS ABOUT….
ANZAC Day is to remember those that fell and those that fought and it is NEVER about the glorification of war, although .. SOME try and make it so……
It is about the bloke beside you and watching out for him and hope he is watching out for you.. It is about thinking of the people left at home.
It is about WHAT was important to Australians at one time, but has seem to be going the way of the ANZACS themselves.. lost to time..
Even realising that the bloke on the other side of the trenches, though with a different faith, a different language and a different look were really not that unlike ourselves… They had family, they had mates, they had their fears and their nightmares….The bled when they were wounded and died when their wounds were too great.
In No-man’s land the men of both sides came together to bury their dead before returning to the trenches and adding more numbers of those that they just buried..
ANZAC Day reminds me that War is a bloody awful thing.. but amazing stories , strangely stories of hope, can come from war time.. and maybe NOW we need to be reminded of that..
We need to be reminded that although we were the invader.. that Turkey has forgiven and had forgave decades and almost a century ago and that they lost Thousands at Gallipoli themselves.. AND YET… THEY have the Dignity .. to allow us to return every year.
Would we have the dignity ????