One Christmas, some friends and I had planned a getaway to another city. It was a much anticipated holiday, and I was looking forward to spending quality time with people who are important to me.
So why I was I sabotaging that very plan?
I’ve been reading ANZAC day speeches lately. Years of them. Speeches by politicians and military commanders; by medical officers and chaplains.
Speeches remembering and commemorating the sobering sacrifices of the young men and women who have fought in the armed forces on behalf of Australia and New Zealand, from the present day all the way back to the shores of Gallipoli in 1915.
As we mark today the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, the birth of the ANZAC tradition, the words of then New Zealand High Commissioner Kate Lackey from 2005 sum up its significance so well –