I suppose I should go first. You may know the reasons I started Aussie Heroes but I hope you will bear with me if I explain it again for those that do not know.
Firstly I was ashamed at the way that our Vietnam Veterans were treated. I felt strongly that we could not let that happen again.
The next motivator for starting Aussie Heroes was being told about a wounded Aussie soldier that a friend of mine had briefly met in a rehabilitation hospital here in Sydney. My friend told me how our wounded Aussie Hero sat in his wheel chair with a beautiful red, white and blue quilt over his legs. He was given that quilt in the hospital in Germany by the Americans. I was immediately indebted to the Americans for being so generous but I was so ashamed and saddened that there was nothing for our Aussie Hero from his own country. These days when I tell that story I can also tell you that Aussie Hero now has an Aussie Hero Quilt of his own which I am told he uses all the time.
Not only that, but his wife has started to sew with us now because she has seen the value of what we are doing.
The final reason I started Aussie Heroes is because I felt that we, the Aussie public, needed to be able to say thank you to those that serve in our name.
So that is why I started to sew for our Aussie Heroes. And why do I continue after nearly two and a half years? That is so easy for me to answer.
Because I believe, without reservation, that we are doing the right thing, that it is important to let our troops, OUR AUSSIE SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN and AIRWOMEN know that we are proud of them,
that we appreciate them
and that we are grateful for their service and sacrifice.
So now to what some of the others had to say.
Thinking of you this Anzac Day as we all remember and honour those who fought and lost their lives not only at Gallipoli but in wars since then."
God bless you all on Anzac Day and every day.
The best day, for me as a Kiwi, was when a group of Kiwi ex-military marched past, there were a lot of Maori personnel and they were singing The Maori Battalion song - that brought me to instant tears!!! I felt super proud watching the ex-service people and their families going by.
After the war Dad applied to the RSL in NZ but was not allowed to join as he had not served overseas. He always said he did his best with training to keep men alive when they went away to war. He was deeply offended that he couldn't join and march with his friends who did go overseas and who were lucky enough to return home. So when he was visiting here, we went to the local ANZAC Day march as my husband and sons were in the Scouts and they went to march, so Dad asked the march organiser if he would be allowed to march, he explained the situation, he was told there was no problem he was welcome to join in. It was the only ANZAC Day march he ever participated in and was so proud!
I was so proud!
And this is perhaps my favourite message of the night.
It seems so typically Australian!
The Medics said “He’s still laughing.”
The POW thought that what was happening was too good to be true and was frightened he was going to wake up and find himself back in the camp. However, when Dad bellowed at him like he did, the POW knew he really was in Australian hands, he really was going home.