Today is the day our town awakes before dawn and remembers the sacrifices our men and women have an are still making in their lives to make our life free and safe.
To see what my Grandpa Bill did during WW2, you can click on THIS LINK. Of course, much of what went on will never be published, but you can see how far many men and women had to travel to defend our country. What is wonderful is the fact we had wonderful allies and to this day Aussies don't forget who their mates are. The American forces were thankful we arrived in many areas to give their troops some R&R and likewise, without the powers of the American Navy in the Pacific, we could all have very well been speaking and looking quite Japanese!(And..no I am not racist, I love everyone ok!)
Yes, today is a special day, and if I had my Grandad's medals I'd have taken my kids to the march. I did march and assist with the parade many times as a cadet...I hope my kids will want to do the same thing when they reach the correct age.
Of course, today cannot go without saying how wonderful it is that the HMAS Sydney was discovered in its watery grave. How wonderful for the families of the sailor's who lost their lives..now they can remember in peace.