Another Anzac Day has come to pass, but do we take in account what the day really means?
How do we spend this public holiday, do we think about the reason why we commemorate this day?
I can remember a story once told to me about my great grandmother and my great uncle.
My great uncle joined the Australian Imperial Force and went off to war. His mother was living in the far north of South Australia.
During the war updated information on those wounded or killed were posted on noticeboards of the local post office or town hall or gathering places for all to read.
My great grandmother would frequently make that walk to see if her son was listed.
I wonder if we could imagine that walk ourselves toward the list of names shown in public.
Sometimes others who were there before you would find out about your loved one being injured or even killed.
I know that my great uncle was wounded in action and when my great grandmother saw this she wrote a letter to the War Department. Ten days later she received her reply.
I wonder how my great grandmother felt while she waited on a reply.
I am very sure there are more similar stories as this throughout our communities.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.
So if you didn’t get a chance to attend an Anzac service then I invite you to set aside a quiet moment to reflect on those who serve and have served and those who are still serving.
My prayer is to those who are in the armed or peacekeeping roles, that they be kept from harm and return home safely.
I think it’s good to reflect or pray from time to time, sometimes that still small voice brings you to prayer, what do you reckon?
Pastor Gary Ferguson
Ceduna Uniting Church