Friday, April 24, 2009

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is a day to collectively remember how we think of ourselves and of what makes us interdependently 'us'. We remember a story that is potentially open to each gender, every generation and to both Maori and Pakeha. The Anzac story is a deep story and a multifaceted source of identity that we can share in together. John Bluck says this:

"Our identity as peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand is emerging, for both Maori and Pakeha, and the Anzac story is part of that journey, more thoughtfully, with less jingoism and flag waving than ever before. Increasingly, Anzac is a word that more New Zealanders, young as well as old, can claim. It is a story that acknowledges fear as well as courage, outrage as well as obedience, skepticism as well as idealism, disaster as well as brilliance, horror as well as great beauty. Anzac is no longer a story told to the beat of drums of war."
(John Buck, 1998, Long White and Cloudy).

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."
(Jesus, the King James version)

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