Digger Day has rolled around again. I alternate from sadness for wasted lives and feeling a little disturbed that Anzac Day has become far too big and all encompassing for its own good. While when it was in danger of dying off, which I never wanted to happen, when extreme feminists and anti war protesters tried to upset the day, which I did not approve of, I hoped it would survive until at least the last of the WWII diggers died. But no, it has become bigger than Ben Hur and getting bigger.
What are the authorities up to by not allowing the returned from Afghanistan soldiers to wear their medals if they march? Very curious.
I don't known whether to be proud or ashamed, but so far as I know, none of my relatives, dead or alive ever fought in a war, right back to the Boer War. Btw, if you want a quick history of the Boer War, do read Hels illuminating post. You might call it The Boer War for Dummies, but it is good quick read. There may have been some relatives of mine who I may not know about, but I have never heard of one killed during war or suffering from war injuries. My father did National Service at Puckapunyal and was eligible for the Korean War, but no. Also curious, but I think many of them did not go to war because many were market gardeners, perhaps a protected species.
There are a good number of Australians who were not born here or their parents weren't, and I would not expect them to have strong feelings about the day. I hope they are content to know that it is a kind of special day for us multi generational Australians and be tolerant of the closed shops and us shedding a tear or two.
Oh, not so some Moslems.
Hizb ut Tahrir, banned in many countries but not Australia, says
government requests for Islamic schools to note Anzac day is an
unacceptable imposition of foreign values and history.