Lest we forget

During the week I saw an ad on TV where the former chief of the defence forces, Peter Cosgrove, encouraged us to “raise a glass” for our service men and women.  The ad was partly sponsored by a beer company.

On Anzac Day I spend time thinking of relatives who died in war and of the mothers and fathers waiting at home.  I think of my dad who fought on the Kokoda Trail.  Like many other young men in his position, he was a heavy drinker when he returned home at the end of the war.  The RSL clubs provided these men with cheap beer.  They survived the war but lost the peace.  And while our leaders hold ceremonies “lest we forget”, the returned servicemen spent a lot of time getting drunk so that they could forget.  My father died aged 56 back in 1978.


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