ABC Melbourne had an outdoor broadcast from Fed Sq today. Well, actually it was an inside outside broadcast but it was very different to being in a studio.
I was invited in to talk about ‘Meet the Anzacs’ and I don’t mind saying I was a little nervous. But we went in early enough to see most of the Anzac Parade first and that drained away my nervousness almost completely. We watched the descendants of WWI veterans parade by, then those of progressively more recent conflicts. As each group moved past there were more medals worn the left (active service). Such faces. Both on servicemen and their families. I, perhaps unreasonably, hadn’t expected to be so moved. So by the time I was in the ‘studio’ preparing to begin a conversation, I was ready to go.
We talked about how to introduce war to young people. We agreed that tinned meat is something for dogs and that war is unspeakably dreadful. We also agreed that it is important that young people have connections to their history. With luck, understanding the horror of war will one day stop war from happening. We can only hope.