They shall not grow 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.

Anzac is now an important landmark on the Australian Calendar. People around Australia flock to memorials on the day as if they were on the beaches of Gallipoli 103 years ago. We are clearly remembering our fallen, but are we remembering what they fell for?

The Anzac legend has stood for many things. The volunteers who went away to fight for a better life for their loved ones back home, to ensure a better country, to allow for freedom to be yourself, the freedom of speech and the ability to have one’s own opinion! They fought for political freedom in a democratic light. They also fought for the rule of law and the love of the flag.

These people were passionate about their country. They demonstrated courage and commitment to the fight against what they believed challenged the lifestyle that we had in Australia. They also demonstrated a mateship to each other whereby they supported, protected and were committed to each other’s livelihood. On the front line, you knew your mate was there to fight with you and they would not leave you to take the blame for something that went wrong. Their downside in the workplace was death. They made a mistake and they or somebody else could die or have been maimed for the rest of the life.

These soldiers gave their lives for what they believed was right. I wonder if they would be proud of Australia today? The majority of the attendees at Anzac Day Memorials are the generation who are keeping alive the principals and standards of humanity that is the Anzac legacy. I wonder if the next generation will do this same? I fear they may not.

It would be horrible to think that our soldiers shed the blood under the flag of Australia for nothing. We must not forget!

This article was written by Bailey Compton, Principal Solicitor & Director at Leverage Group.

To get in touch with Bailey, please email info@leveragegroup.com.au