All the peace, wisdom and joy in the Universe are already within us, we just have to open our eyes and realise what is already here and who we really are.
BEAN, CHARLES – on the First AIF on Gallipoli: The Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918
It lay in the mettle of the men themselves. To be the sort of man who would give way when his mates were trusting to his firmness; to be the sort of man who would fail when the line, the whole force, and the allied cause required his endurance; to have made it necessary for another unit to do his own unit's work; to live the rest of his life haunted by the knowledge that he had set his hand to a soldier's task and had lacked the grit to carry it through… that was the prospect these men could not face. Life was very dear, but life was not worth living unless they could be true to their idea of Australian manhood. Standing upon that alone, when help failed and hope faded, when the end loomed clear in front of them, when the whole world seemed to crumble and the heaven to fall in, they faced its ruin undismayed.
What these men did nothing can alter now. The good and the bad, the greatness and the smallness of their story will stand. Whatever of glory it contains nothing now can lessen. It rises, as it will always rise, above the mists of the ages, a monument to great-hearted men; and, for their nation, a possession for ever.
The mates you serve with are like family and you would do anything for them. In battle, nothing else matters than completing the mission and doing your utmost to bring everyone home.
War and peace are more than opposites. They have so much in common that neither can be understood without the other.
No wars are unintended or ‘accidental’. What is often unintended is the length and bloodiness of the war. Defeat too is unintended.
Anzac Day – at its heart, is love. Love of every kind. Love of nation, of service, of family. The love we give and the love we allow ourselves to receive…
This is a day about remembrance, deference and thankfulness. It is about who we are now; the values we live by and hold dearest; and what we collectively hope and strive to be.
Stories of heroism stir in each of us a profound admiration, a sense of wonder at the sheer daring of the human spirit, unleashed against adversity. Our heroes inspire and bless us, urging us to new strengths and greater feats in our own pathways.
In these times of hardship and grief for many Australians, you bring our hearts to soar and you remind us of the strength and the endurance of the human spirit. Thank you for what you did and for what you will continue to do.