Tomorrow is ANZAC day, a day that always bares mixed feelings for all Australians and New Zealanders, non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples alike. Although ANZAC day is becoming increasingly commercialised and used to foster profit, nonetheless it is a period of Australian, New Zealander and world history that deserves to be marked and remembered, in the right and respectful way.
An issue that does need attention, however, is the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Maori and Immigrants are often forgotten or overlooked as ANZAC soldiers who also fought in this battle, this war and our previous and subsequent wars. They fought side by side but importantly to note, on a number of occasions they were often the first line of defence and/or offence. We are not here, however, to rank the importance of who fought and when, we are merely here to bring awareness and recognition to ALL of those who fought.
Unfortunately Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori peoples and Immigrants often get forgotten on this day for their involvement and their sacrifice, so from now on, remember that they too fought for their respected countries, they too lost family members and they too wish to commemorate their beloved ANZACs, just the same. So at tomorrow's dawn service or wherever and whenever you find yourself taking a minute to reflect, please make sure to reflect on all those who fought including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Maori and Immigrants too. Lest We Forget.