I say that, of course, because this one marks the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in Turkey, as part of the greater World War I campaign. And while many of those brave soldiers from Australia and New Zealand would never make it home, their willingness to sacrifice their lives to protect the values and freedom of their nations has been admired ever since. Especially by me, since both my father and my maternal grandfather served in the military for many years.
However, the significance of ANZAC Day appears to be lost on a growing number of Australians, especially those who would actually seek to commit an act of terrorism at any Dawn Service or ANZAC Day March. It pretty much goes without saying that I’m relieved that a plot by people with Islamic State aspirations to do just that in Melbourne was foiled by police recently, but as the Lindt Café siege in Sydney demonstrated, such atrocities can be difficult both to predict and to prevent.
So with that in mind, I certainly hope that the security measures at all commemorations in Australia and at Gallipoli are as stringent as possible. Hell, if any so-called peaceful protesters (who would, ironically, become violent if manhandled) or would-be terrorists do turn up to try and spoil the proceedings, I wouldn’t object if shoot to kill tactics are used against them, because if you ask me, they’re bringing that fate upon themselves.