ANZAC Day 2021: Encompassing the spirit of our veterans

We give thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war.

Mike Deeks by Mike Deeks,

Last Anzac Day, we had recently entered a lockdown period in an attempt to beat the Covid-19 pandemic which had taken hold around the world.  We were unable to commemorate Anzac Day, and what it stands for, as we traditionally would, but we were stoically addressing the problem confronting us.  There was an expectation that by Anzac Day 2021, things would have returned to normal and we could, once again, gather to honour those who have sacrificed all for our wonderful country.

Yet, here we are, 12 months later, still fighting to beat the virus and regain our freedoms and lifestyles we previously took for granted, and we are unable to gather as we would wish.

In some ways, today’s societal teamwork and collective efforts to beat the pandemic, are a reflection of the spirit first demonstrated by the young Anzacs 106 years ago.  In working together to beat the virus, we are honouring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  I, for one, am impressed that so many of us are doing the right thing in protecting ourselves and our loved ones, but also protecting complete strangers, by wearing masks, by social distancing and by abiding by the various rules and regulations in place.

Anzac Day is a day to remind us of the importance of looking after our mates, cherishing our home, our neighbourhood and family. It’s a day for realising how rare our wonderful country is and how precious it is.  As we fight to get on top of this virus, we are doing no more or less than that which our forefathers would have expected of us.  After all, so many of them, gave much more than we are being asked to give for our freedom.

We give thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war. We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain, but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come. That the liberty, truth and justice which they sought to preserve may be seen and known in all the nations upon earth.

For those of you who are unable to commemorate Anzac Day like you normally would, for ex-servicemen and women who are unable to reunite with their mates, for those of you doing it tough, mentally, physically, financially, spiritually or emotionally, you are all in our thoughts and prayers and we will pause to spare a thought for you, just like we will do for those who gave their all for future generations. The Anzac spirit is alive and well.  We see it in our current serving forces, but we also see it, every day across our Aussie community, wherever they may be in the world.  Let us honour the loss of life and ponder the gift of service.

Lest We Forget.