There are talks about pulling back ANZAC Day services as to not “offend” migrants. Seriously, why do we go through this EVERY YEAR at EVERY EVENT that’s coming up. Is anyone REALLY offended by ANZAC Day and if so, who?
ANZAC Day is a day to commemorate (not celebrate), those who have lost their lives or are currently fighting conflict overseas. It’s to remember their sacrifice. These men and women have left parents, spouses, boyfriends/ girlfriends, children, friends, etc with the knowledge that they may not see them again. They are willing to risk their own lives so we can maintain what we hold so dear as a country; freedom, democracy and the right to live in peace. Let’s not lose sight of that.
If people are “offended” it’s a part of out history; a part that almost all Australians have close ties to. If you don’t like it… well… tough. It’s the reality of many Australians. If, forever reason, you can’t commemorate ANZAC Day, then, that’s your choice, I guess. But don’t prevent others from paying their respects to those who have gone before us and those who are still fighting.
ANZAC Day is a reality for many Australians. Give people respect to pay their respects, even if you don’t agree.