Brett Wortman

Anzac day is growing on us all

WITH Anzac Day just around the corner, once again the profile of this special day is already very high.

Every year, it continues to rise in prominence and move further to the front of the national psyche. And every year, we treasure our oldest surviving ex-servicemen and women more than ever before.

Just why this day has grown in stature and significance, as time marches on, is a curious thing but a fact certainly embraced by all of us. What made Anzac Day what it has become in the last decade or so?

Graphic footage of the Vietnam War first exposed most of us to the reality of what combat is really like. Perhaps from then on, we began to view our own fallen heroes in a new light.

Vietnam vets certainly didn't arrive home to any ticker-tape parades - a fact that's been acknowledged and redressed in recent years - but those images stayed with us.

Today, from Iraq and Afghanistan, we see daily video reports from the front, images so close to the action we can almost taste the dust and smell the fear.

That footage leads most of us to one conclusion. That is, anyone who has, or is, serving their country, deserves the highest respect from all of us.

The meaning and poignancy of Anzac Day will hopefully continue to grow exponentially.

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