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What does ANZAC Day mean? Morning Mag on 101.5FM 22 April 2015

Transcripts and bits and pieces for Morning Magazine on 101.5FM:

That was Mark Knopfler’s World War 1 guitar tribute for The Last Post project which currently has more than 340,000 views on Youtube and many more views on news websites that have picked it up.

Good morning and welcome to another Morning Magazine show on Moreton Bay’s Own 101.5FM, this is Wednesday’s Community Forum. Today is a special show dedicated to the upcoming ANZAC day this Saturday.

And I must say, it was an absolute privilege to get out into the community this last week armed with a microphone and just one question. The question was, what does ANZAC day mean to you?

You will hear some ordinary people in the community giving extraordinary answers to this question. You will hear from people in this community, the Moreton Bay region, that even though they are a couple of generations on from those in their families that landed on the shores at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, they have a deep sense of the sacrifice and determination for King and country; for Australia.

According to the Shrine of Remembrance website, shrine.org.au: ANZAC Day was originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli on the 25th April 1915, and it has grown to become perhaps the most important national day in Australia.

In addition to recognising the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations ANZAC Day has become core to the identity of Australia itself, a day on which Australians reflect on the ANZAC spirit and its place in Australia today.

The Australian War Memorial website, awm.gov.au says: Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

This ANZAC remembrance day is somewhat elevated in significance due to it marking 100 years of ANZAC.

The 100 Years of ANZAC website says, www.anzaccentenary.gov.au: ANZAC day encapsulates the unique qualities that forged the spirit of Anzac and gave birth to our national identity: courage, mateship, sacrifice, generosity, freedom, and a fair go for all.

All this suggests that as a nation, as a country and as a community – If we lose the reflection within ourselves, if we let the memories of exactly how much was on the line and the enormity of the sacrifices given – fade in our collective memories, then we lose our identity as a Country as we know it today.

For me, what does ANZAC day mean?

Just think for a moment, or maybe a moment is not enough…

People, humans, just like you and me. Not movie star heroes that seem to never get hit by a bullet when shot at. Not professionals that had studied the art of warfare, full of intelligence and calculation, entering a battlefield like a game of chess. Real people, loaded up with heavy equipment that lacked capacity and technology, without enough food and water to even maintain nutrition if you were at home on the couch watching your favourite TV show.

These individuals that made up the ANZACs, in many cases, were headed towards certain death. But suicide wasn’t on the mind, rather comradery, freedom and a deep sense of duty (not entitlement) to Australia and its people were front and centre of mind.

So, what sort of a deal was this for an individual heading over a ridge where they can hear that they are headed for the cracking of real bullets, if they had even made it that far?

In my mind, this is somewhat a daft proposition – fighting a fight where your life is to be snuffed out for a country and people you will never see again with your human eyes. Where you will never communicate with your loved ones again and see them enjoy the fruits of your sacrifice.

Equally, ANZAC Day, brings about a deep sense of appreciation that collectively, as a country, we look like we’re laid back with a view of ‘she’ll be right’, while our actions demonstrate a unique approach that ensures we are innovative, courageous and capable above our means in the face of adversity.

Where we’re prepared to put it all on the line, even if that means our life!

This is us, we are Australian – Lest We Forget.

You may wish to have your say and you can do that – Moreton Bay’s Own 101.5FM gives you, not only the ability to do so, but to be able to do this in an engaging and constructive way.

And through a number of methods – call the Moreton Bay region now on 07 5495 1015, email it using the address radio@1015fm.com.au or get social with the region by heading to facebook.com/101.5FM.

Taking a look at the news headlines:

news.com.au: Thousands without power as rain, strong winds continue in NSW.

RESIDENTS who have escaped their flooded country NSW homes have described their ordeals in terrifying detail, as homes and animals are washed away.

One resident in the town of East Gresford, just 20 minutes away from Dungog, where earlier an escapee described the town as a “mess”, sent news.com.au this image of a dramatic horse rescue.

The horse is barely seen afloat as it struggles to stay above water, as the resident in a “tinnie” bravely attempts to save it from rising floods.

couriermail.com.au: Queensland ratepayers fork out millions of dollars for teachers, doctors and TV broadcasts.

QUEENSLAND ratepayers fork out millions of dollars for teachers, doctors, hospital services and even television broadcasts on the back of State and Federal government cuts, a paper to be released today reveals.

The Local Government Association Queensland document shows more than $25 million each year is spent by mostly rural and regional councils on programs well and truly outside rates, roads and rubbish.

According to the report, councils in remote areas were being forced to fund teaching and medical positions, community housing and television broadcasting to pick up the slack from shrinking government budgets.

ntnews.com.au: Good Samaritans unknowingly helped thieves posing as boat owners repair damaged trailer and steal boat.

Time to cross to the Caboolture News and Bribie Weekly news room.

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