Lest we forget.
Saturday is Anzac Day, a day for reflection and remembrance. It's our duty to never forget the sacrifices those that served past and present make that allow us to live the way that we do.
Something that's worth noting too, especially in the time that we live in now, is that it's our duty now to do what we can to protect each other and do what's right for the benefit of our community and the country, just like those who've come before did without hesitation.
During war, times are incredibly tough for those still at home. Now I'm not saying the last few months is comparable, but a man I spoke to the other day who did live through a world war said what he's seeing now is nothing like he's seen before.
To some, isolation and restricted movement might seem unreasonable or too hard to handle, but think of what those who came before us had to do when it was needed.
Every generation is tested in one way or another and now it's our turn to do the same. Remember that we're all in this together and isolating ourselves for the sake of others is something that we must do; we have to wake up each morning and make that choice to do what's right, even if it's hard to do.
If you're out for a walk or getting groceries, at a glance it can seem like people are starting to get tired of being isolated and, desperate for a return to normal life, are ignoring the in-place restrictions. It seems that a lot of people who thought that people these days would be unable to cope with adversity are the ones struggling to follow the rules.
I commend those out there that continue to work for the benefit of the community, those essential workers are not to be forgotten. The single parents that are working from home while simultaneously homeschooling their children.
Those who are working long hours in hospitals and pharmacies and you, the person reading this who is likely in self isolation while reading this on their phone or in the newspaper.
On Saturday morning, whether you're getting up at dawn to stand in your driveway or you're coming home from a long shift, remember the sacrifices that were made and that continue to be made by people all around the country in the service of others, no matter how small they are.
Stay safe and be well.