Thursday, April 18, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

In Their Honour - Editors Note

As ANZAC Day nears, I find myself reflecting on the profound significance of this day in our national consciousness. ANZAC Day is not just a date on the calendar; it is a sacred moment of remembrance, a time to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of those who have served our nations in times of conflict. For many of us, ANZAC Day holds a deeply personal resonance, a connection to loved ones who have worn the uniform and served their country with unwavering dedication.
Growing up near RNZAF Base Woodbourne in New Zealand, ANZAC Day was more than just a day off school; it was a solemn occasion marked by reverence and reflection. My father, a former member of the Royal New Zealand Air Force for around 25 years, instilled in me a respect for the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. My husband, too, has answered the call to serve, deployed with the New Zealand Army in the Solomon Islands as a platoon commander on a peacekeeping mission.
Sitting with our RSL President,Ken Higgins, as he opened up about his experiences in Vietnam was a deeply emotional and humbling experience. His courage in sharing his story, despite the pain it undoubtedly evokes, serves as a powerful reminder of the lasting impact of war on individuals and communities. It is a reminder that the wounds of war, both seen and unseen, linger long after the guns fall silent.
In today's edition on page 4, you'll find a list of services happening across our region. I urge you to take the time to attend one of these services, to stand in solidarity with our veterans and their families, and to reflect on the lessons of history.
Lest we forget.


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