Today, 25th April 2015 is the centenary of the Gallipoli landing. Many of those I’ve met overseas have no idea what ANZAC Day is and indeed for many years, it wasn’t something that was really taught in Australian schools either, but that’s all changed now.
The history is taught to school kids not just about the troops themselves, but of the animals who supported them, and one of the most well know stories is that of Simpson and his donkey.
People in Australia take pride in remembering the ANZACs; children march in the parades held all across Australia wearing their forebearers medals, from all wars that Australians have been involved in. The memory of those who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today is commemorated and honoured.
Remembering the history is so important as it shapes our future.