So long as children participate in the ANZAC tradition, it will not be merely a remembrance of things past but Living History.
As usual, we attended the ANZAC March 2013, but this time accompanied by our five year old granddaughter for her baptism of fire.
After our traditional coffee (and milkshake this time) we, like thousands of others, made our way up Adelaide and St. Georges Terrace to find a suitable spot to wait.
Sizing up the targets for a good shot
Our granddaughter with her mother's smart phone in hand sat down to play games, hopefully to keep her occupied. As the parade passed by we looked down to see her photographing the marchers.
Up close and personal, a real professional
A five year old's view of the ANZAC Day March in Perth
A little higher, maybe
That is better, on target
Close, big and noisy, not too sure about those jeeps
Under true battleground conditions, her first shot was to gauge the lie of the land. Next, she hit her target, and then made a strategic retreat from the military vehicles noise to the safety of my side without missing a beat after capturing her objective.
Not forgotten, so long as we participate
I hope that she will continue the tradition with her children as we did with our children (her mother and uncle) and our parents (my father a WW2 veteran) with my brother and me.
No longer relegated to memory, but a living history
A Living History of the RSL in Western Australia
At the State Library in Perth is an exhibition showing the history of the RSL in Western Australia, demonstrating living history, as they remember not only 'those who will not grow old and weary' but caring for those who did and will.
The RSL was formed in 1916 by a group of returned servicemen from the 11th Battalion to look after the interests of their returned mates in Western Australia. Its members also looked outward, often becoming the mainstay and social hub of many communities, especially in the bush.
How about a day out in Perth City?
Have a day in Perth City; take your children to our terrific State Library, and become a part of the Living History. There is an interactive play area on the first floor for kids to unwind and with the Art Gallery and Western Australian Museum in the same precinct, a perfect weekend day out. This free exhibition will be open every day until June 30, 2013.
John - As a Vietnam Vet (I marched with the RAE), it was great to see the huge turnout and the number of kids.
We are on the cusp of a new ANZAC era with very few WW2 Vets left any more, and their numbers are sorely missed.
I get a shock at the numbers of aged Vietnam Vets, and how many Vietnam Vets have already gone.
It's good that you're keeping up the ANZAC tradition of respect for Veterans, and showing the youngsters the true meaning of mateship, selflessness and courage in adversity, that makes up the ANZAC tradition.
I trust that the younger generations learn and never forget that we owe our freedom and our great lifestyle to the efforts of relatively small number of ordinary men and women, who made great sacrifices to ensure dictators don't rule us.