Editorial - Wednesday, April 27: Raising a half full glass

YOU often hear about those larrikin old Diggers, who are a laugh a minute, full of one liners and are still as quick as a whip in their 90s.

Stan Garnett of Sawtell is certainly amongst that brigade of treasured war veterans, as you could tell during Monday's Anzac commemorations.

With an umbrella in hand he was asked if the rain was troubling him. "No it never does," he replied.

"But the heat does. Like that paint commercial says you have just got to keep on keeping on, and if it gets to hot, you just have to remove a coat," he said while grabbing at his suit.

Asked what Anzac Day meant to him, he certainly blind-sided me.

"It reminds me I've been shot at and survived," he said with a wry grin and a wink.

With answers like that it's fair to say Stan has answered all the questions many times over.

Australians have always been remembered for their humour in the face of dire predicaments in war, and you can only imagine how Stan faced it.

"Every day we got out alive was a blessing - no joke."

Stan certainly got his point across when reflecting on those life in the balance moments.

What an extraordinary experience to hear him speak.

His words right there are the essence of Anzac Day.

Matt Deans,

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