(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)
It’s Anzac Day tomorrow so as you enjoy your day off work, take the time to think about the sacrifices made by so many to give us this day.
While it began as a day to remember the New Zealand and Australian troops who landed at Gallipoli during World War 1, it has evolved to become a day where we remember all our soldiers from all wars and beyond. It’s a day when we can think about what it means to be a Kiwi, and be proud of that privilege.
If you want to know more about the traditions and protocols involved in Anzac Day services, the RSA has some useful info on its site. Click on the “image gallery” link on the right side for some moving photos and a run-down of just what we do and why.
And don’t forget to make sure you’re ready to join in the singing of the national anthem.
If you happen to be on the road around the time of the Invercargill service, why not show a wee bit of respect by making a detour.
Yes, I know the roads are all open and there’s no legal reason for you to go a block out of your way but it would be nice to think our drivers could make the effort to not interrupt a truly special service.