Anzac Day is a special day for Australians and New Zealanders when we remember those who have fought and died for our countries and for peace.
Like most Aussie kids, I learned about Anzac Day at school and the war poets of the First World War brought me to tears. I remember flag raising and wreath laying. I remember the songs we sang.
But at home, there were also Dad’s memories. He’s a Vietnam Vet. So I knew that as well as remembering those who’d died to save us, we have to remember those serving and those returned who are faced with the huge challenge of building civilian lives.
Memories of Love is my short Anzac Day themed romance. In the tough times, our mates are there for us.
Today, I’m visiting one of my mates, Tea Cooper, and talking about Kings Park in Western Australia and its stunning memorial that features in the Dawn Service scene in Memories of Love. Please join us and share a memory or just a friendly comment.
I’ve only been to one Dawn Service, the only one I intend to visit. It is one of my perfect memories that I don’t want to lose by attempting to re-experience it. I was living in Canberra and I got up early, braved the minus 5 degrees minimum temperature and drove to the National Memorial. Waiting in the darkness with strangers and standing with them through the service reminded me powerfully of the strength of the Australian community and the value of the sacrifice our servicemen and women have given us.
Lest we forget.