ANZAC Day originally commemorated the anniversary of Australia and New Zealand’s first major campaign during World War I at Gallipoli.
Meeting fierce opposition, the operation to capture the peninsula failed, but this event had a profound effect and 25 April soon became the day that Australians remember the sacrifice of those who died in the war.
Today, of course, its significance has been broadened to include all who have died in any Australian forces operations.
But what is it that we honour? We remember the men of course, but forever inextricably entwined with this is their unconditional, selfless sacrifice—their willingness to stand together for the greater good, defending the right of people to live freely, without oppression.
Freedom? Freedom, whether we’re male or female, to grow up in a safe environment, to go to school, to work and earn a living in a chosen career, to marry, to buy property, to worship as we please, to travel when we like…the list goes on.
We see the best of people in community when we face adversity. But what about in peace time; what does community mean to us now? In some suburbs we drive into our garages after long days spent at work, spending little time talking to our neighbours face-to-face—if we even know who our neighbours are.
Have we become a nation of individuals?
American author Henry David Thoreau said in 1849, ‘Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.’
Today we honour the ANZACs by continuing their legacy to help people find freedom in community. That freedom begins with knowing our neighbour and their struggles, looking out for them and if need be, going that extra mile.
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- That our neighbourhoods become true communities—with neighbours sharing the ups and downs of life along the way.
- That peace envelopes the world and that everyone will come to know the Prince of Peace.
Ephesians 6:10-12 The Whole Armor of God
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.