Hamilton, Andrew: Remembering shared humanity on Anzac Day

Andrew Hamilton

Remembering shared humanity on Anzac Day’, Eureka Street, 22 April 2018

[Politicians have] spent heavily on facilities for remembering the war, focused on the site of the battle rather than on the hometowns of those who grieve, and often yielded to the temptation to glorify war … [Anzac Day] is seen by many to canonise military values.

I believe that the risk is less to glorify war than to sanitise it by allowing time and space to take away its physical reality, and with it the sadness of war … Anzac Day is an occasion for dwelling compassionately on the things that bind us together, not those that separate us into allies and enemies.

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