The ‘selfless’ Anzac spirit

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David Ahern

David is the editor of The Majellan

In recent newsletters, we featured the selflessness of people who have died in tragic circumstances while helping others.

Zomi Frankcom, the Australian aid worker died in an Israeli drone attack while feeding starving Palestinians in Gaza and then there was the bravery of those who fearlessly confronted the man who rampaged through a Sydney shopping mall killing six people.


Each year on April 25 we commemorate the selflessness of countless others, the soldiers who fought for Australia and New Zealand in 20th century conflicts. On Anzac Day their deeds and exploits are rightly remembered because without their courage, future generations may not have enjoyed the peace we take for granted today.


The Anzac spirit had its origins during World War 1 and Gallipoli, in particular. Many courageous young men charged up the cliffs of Gallipoli only to be met by a barrage of Turkish machine guns. Many had no idea the fate that awaited them and sadly they perished on foreign soil far from home and their loved ones.


The Western Front was no less hostile and the trench warfare many had to endure enacted a huge toll. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars but more than twenty years later, Europe was again plunged into darkness and tens of thousands of young Australians and New Zealanders found themselves fighting for freedom.



Australians also fought in Korea and Vietnam, and in more recent decades, Iraq and Afghanistan.


So, every April 25 at dawn services we honour the bravery of the men and women who served. We remember the many who made it home, and the many who did not. We should be forever grateful for their spirit and sacrifice.


Lest we forget.


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