Thursday, April 24, 2014


There's small brick wall beside a war memorial overlooking the beach at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast and on that wall are dozens of small metal plaques for local men and women who served their country and have since passed on.

One of them has my dad's name on it.

While the politicians and media will tell us about the exploits of politicians, sports folk and business leaders, our nation has been forged largely by the hard work and sacrifices of low profile and forgotten masses like my dad - the young men and women who went to the wars plotted by kings and queens and corporations.

Today gives us a chance to pause and remember that this beach and this country wouldn't be this great without their sacrifices.


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