Yet We Forget

Updated: Feb 16

Is Anzac Day worth remembering? Some people don’t think so. After all, it costs a lot of hard-earned tax-payer money to build memorials. Why should it matter that we remember what happened over a hundred years ago? We weren’t there. What is it that we are even remembering?


On Anzac Day, we commemorate the sacrifice others willingly and selflessly made for us. During World War One (in 1915), twenty-thousand Australians and ten-thousand New Zealanders were sent to attack Turkey (an ally of Germany). Disastrously, however, the ships veered off course landing one-and-a-half kilometres north on a beach called Gallipoli. Jumbled and confused, the men figured there was nothing for it but to take the steep and rocky ridge. Under constant gunfire, the Anzacs pressed on until they had gained the first slope. Orders were then sent to capture the next hill. The task was impossible. Thousands of men were slaughtered, but still they persevered. After months of fighting, they were commanded to evacuate from Gallipoli. Although many men died seemingly uselessly, they showed exceptional courage and deserve our respect.


Should we celebrate Anzac Day now? After all, the campaign was a fatal mistake, resulting in the loss of numerous lives. Anti-Australians think it glorifies war and costs too much. True, we spend a lot of money on memorials and centenaries for the Anzacs. Is it worth it? This is the wrong question. What we should be asking is this: Were we there? Did we experience what it was like to watch our friends charge and then fall silent, knowing that it was our turn next? Sadly, Anzac Day has received threats and disrespect on social media. This is an alarming display of just how easily we can forget things and fall into ignorance.


Witnessing this disturbing truth, however, demonstrates that Australians must celebrate Anzac Day. These incredibly brave men died for the freedoms we now enjoy. What they did one-hundred years ago affects us today. Always remember that. Additionally, what we, as Australian citizens should uphold and respect, are the values our ancestors struggled for, including mateship, perseverance, self-sacrifice and liberty. Since all who actually fought at Gallipoli have passed away, it is crucial that we build monuments where we can reflect on what those spirited men did for us – Lest We Forget!


Bibliography:

Source 1

Author: Georgina Downer

Article title: The new assault on Anzac Day | The Spectator Australia

Website title: The Spectator Australia

URL: https://www.spectator.com.au/2018/04/the-new-assault-on-anzac-day/

Date Published: 25 April 2018

Last Accessed: 11:06 AM

Source 2

Author: Linda Maher

Article title: Australian History-Based Writing Lessons

Source 3

Author: Linda Maher

Article title: Australian History-Based Writing Lessons

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