Lest we forget
I write in response to the letter about Anzac Day ('Time has come to drop Anzac Day community rituals') by Graham Parton of Beechworth, on March 21.
With this current social isolation Mr Parton suggested dropping all Anzac Day gatherings from here on in because there is nobody around from WW1 who was there, nd the justification "so we don't make that mistake again".
As a third genaration soldier, my Great Uncle was killed in action in WW1 1917 aged 18, my father served in RAAF in WW2 and I was sent to Vietnam as a conscript in 1969.
My extended family and friends plus millions of Australians celebrate Anzac Day each year to pay homage on the loss of so many men and women, in all our wars, who paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend this wonderful nation and keep us safe.
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Their hope was for the freedom of mankind and we remember with pride their courage, compassion and comradeship. We also share the sorrow of the families who have lost and mourned loved ones, as well as those who have suffered, and had their lives shortened or handicapped from the tragedy of war. For the last seven years I have been honoured and privileged to conduct the Anzac Day commemoration service at both the Albury and North Albury football grounds prior to the commencement of the main game on behalf of the Albury RSL, and to witness the true compassion on the faces of the young sportsmen and sportswomen lined up is truly inspiring.
My suggestion to Mr Parton is maybe obtain and read a copy of "Invasion RABUAL - the epic story of Lark Force 1942" researched and written by Bruce Gamble. We will remember them. Lest we forget.
Murray McCooke, Albury
Always playing catch up
This government needs a good kick in the backside. They are clearly more interested in the economic state of the nation above the health of the people.
We could have had hospital equipment already ordered and stored, we could have had extra staff in place to cope with the flood of unemployed people which the experts told us would happen.
We could have had the severely depleted (under instruction from Tony Abbott) NBN upgraded to allow for the influx of data through education, working at home and displaced people out of work trying to contact Centrelink. This flat-footed government is always playing catch up at our expense.
When will the government get serious about our health. The economy will sort itself out in time, but the dead are dead for a long time. Implement a complete shutdown as far as possible, but not only that, police the dissidents severely.
Kevin De La Torre, Staghorn Flat
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