#1065 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 26 April 2015
As Australia winds down from celebrating the centenary of the birth of the ANZAC tradition, a reflection from the President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford:
ANZAC Day is a family day of remembrance. We gather at the junction of Bathurst and Elizabeth Streets, Sydney, where the ANZAC Day march concludes. Armed with a sausage sandwich, we watch the parade with friendly strangers.
Pipe and other bands turn to the left and the veterans to the right, and their families reunite with them.
It’s about servanthood – giving one’s life for another, mateship, a nation founded on the battlefields of commitment to a just and better world.
Yes there will be critics, but ANZAC Day for me is a profound day, one that makes me proud to be an Australian – a day that reminds me, and my family, what we must never give up.
Ross Clifford remembers. I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.