Today is ANZAC day, an important day of the year in which we commemorate and remember those who have served our country. This day has always been quite special to me as my Great-grandmother served in World War II. Other family members also served in both World Wars but I wasn’t lucky enough to know them.
My Great-grandmother died in 2014 after living a pretty healthy life, spanning 91 years. When she died it was definitely hard as I had never lost someone so close to me. In the years before her death, I spent a lot of time with her, especially on Saturdays. We would cook, knit and most importantly she would tell me story after story. I was very lucky to hear so many stories from all different eras, about all different topics.
When my Great-grandmother spoke about the War, I would listen intently because I knew the stories were very important to her and I enjoyed hearing them. Sadly, I can never hear those stories again. Ever since her death, ANZAC Day has been an important day that I always acknowledge.
Last Friday I was lucky enough to attend the Legacy Students ANZAC Day service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. This was such a great experience and my Great-grandmother was on my mind the whole time. I even got to lay a wreath on behalf of my school which was very special.
I hope everyone stops just for a minute today to remember those who have sacrificed their lives and served our country so we can be free today.