​I will probably get criticised for writing this but I’m coming to the conclusion that Australians may be more patriotic than my fellow New Zealanders. I watched the International Fleet Review Spectacular recently – a celebration of over 100 years of history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The closing “ceremony” after a week of activities was a 30 minute Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular up and down the Sydney Harbour river.

It seems at every opportunity Australians are recognising the contributions and acknowledging the memories of those who have fought in various wars over the years.

I am not saying New Zealand does not this as well, it just seems to be more visible here in Australia. However we do it, it’s wonderful that those men and women are remembered throughout the year, not just on official days like ANZAC Day or Remembrance Day.

The haunting tune of The Last Post still raises the hairs on my arms and there would not be many people who did not recognise the well known verse from the poem titled For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

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