One of the topics I raised with members during my visits to various Group Conferences in October was that it was Mental Health Month and in addition, on each separate occasion, I also gave a brief description of whatever was being supported on that particular day.
To continue that theme for just a little longer; November is Poppy Month and next Tuesday is Remembrance Day.
The Poppy symbolises an acknowledgment of sacrifice and provides us an opportunity to remember; to show our respect and our appreciation to those who have and are still fighting on foreign soil to ensure the freedoms we continue to enjoy.
The Australian War Memorial website* records that when the guns fell silent on 11th November 1918 over 70 million people had been mobilised and between 9 and 13 million left dead with possibly “as many as one-third of them with no known grave.”
The day was originally referred to as Armistice Day to remember the fallen from the first “modern conflict” but following the Second World War both Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day to enable us to honour the fallen from all conflicts.
Many armed services personnel are once again placing their lives at risk to maintain our rights and freedoms. One of those freedoms includes the celebration of the Melbourne Cup. Prior to the tragedies following yesterday’s race the event was again heralded as a success and a huge draw-card for punters and party goers, all intent on celebrating the race that supposedly “stops the nation”.
The cynic in me wonders if all Australians will spend the same in time and money next Tuesday.
Where will you be at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month? And how many poppies will you buy so you can continue to celebrate what’s great about Australia?
Lest We Forget