Tomorrow is Anzac day, and we all pause to pay tribute to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives whilst serving this country. We also pay tribute to the men and women who have served and are currently serving their country now in the various war zones around the world.
Last year was the first year I have taken my kids to a dawn service. It was made so much more special as we were able to watch my Dad march with his group of Vietnam Veterans. This year he is marching in the Anzac day parade in Brisbane with some of the actual men he fought with!! No doubt it will be a very emotional day for all involved. He served in the 101 Bat, Artillery, as support for the 6th Battalion. These are some of his photos taken during his tour of Vietnam during 1966 and 1967.
I was thrilled this year when the Anzac badge we bought recognised the Gunners, one of which my dad was. It was only a few years ago that Maggie and I stopped to purchase an Anzac badge, and she asked them where all the Vietnam badges were. We were told that there were none produced, and she ever so politely told them she didn't want one! She said she would be back to buy one when they had pictures of her Granddad's war on them. Oh, out of the mouths of babes....
So, as we remember Anzac Day, may be remember not only the men and women who gave up their lives, but also the men and women who are still alive, who fought in wars, and are often still fighting the emotional wars that returned with them.
I love you Dad, and am so proud of you!!