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Reflection Of Our Heroes

Written by Vanessa on April 26th, 2018.      0 comments

As each year passes and I get older and maybe, just maybe, slightly wiser, Anzac Day has had more and more significance for me.  I think having children has added to the meaning and helped me to gain a better understanding of how truly amazing the sacrifice all of those brave men and women was.
I am so thankful for what they did so that we can live in a country where we have freedom of speech and so many human rights.

As a mum, the thought of ever having to send my children off to fight in a war and not know if you would ever see them again is devastating. I don't know how so many parents coped with doing just that and I have a lot of respect for the fact that they were able to carry on and keep some semblance of normality for all of those left behind without knowing where their children were or if they were safe.

On the flipside of that is all of the soldiers today who are also parents.  I attended our local dawn service yesterday and was standing behind several soldiers (two of whom were women) who all had their own children.  This really struck me how they were brave and strong enough to sign up to defend and protect our country with the very real prospect of one day having to deploy, leaving behind their children, with the chance they may not return home.  I have the utmost respect for all who can do this.

I can't even get through singing our national anthem without getting emotional these days!  I think that is from seeing and hearing all of the horrific news stories of war and devastation in other countries on a daily basis.  It has made me incredibly grateful that I was born in such an amazing country and grateful that our children were born here too giving them the opportunity to grow up without the threat of war.

So thank you to all of the past, present and future soldiers willing to fight for our freedom x
Lest We Forget
 

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