by Nina Joan


April 25 is a national public holiday in Australia. It is called ANZAC day.

This morning I attended a dawn service honouring the fallen soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Armed forces. Dawn services are held around the country to commemorate the same day our forces landed at Gallipoli during World War II. This day broadly represents all who have died serving our country not only in the World Wars but in other wars and peacekeeping missions.

My Grandfather served in World War II and days like today I miss him more. The scars of war were evident in my grandfather, he never once spoke of the war. Now that I am older, there are many questions that I would have asked him and would have thanked him for what he did for my country and my family.

It is important to honour the greatest sacrifice that men and women have given to our country.

‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ John 15:13