In an era where people seem to be forgetting how to be decent human beings, it’s important we take this Remembrance Day as an opportunity to show some respect.
Sunday marks 100 years since the end of World War I, a bloody battle that saw 62,000 Australians lose their life from one conflict, many of whom came from this region.
From an early age, we are taught of Remembrance Day, or Armistice, we gather at 11am to commemorate those who have served and we stay silent for a minute as a tribute.
Whether we have had family who fought in this war or the many that have sadly followed, each Australian can take this time to pay their respects as a silent show of how grateful we are to those who fought for us or with us.
Because whether you agree with war and conflict or not, there is no denying the sacrifice these people have made or what unsightly horrors they were exposed to.
The injuries and memories have remained with them and most flinch or shy away at relaying details of their time in combat.
But ask any person in the military and no matter how damaging their time overseas might have been, most would do it again for their country.
Sunday is not only a chance to honour those who fought in World War I, but to think of those who have entered wars and conflict since then.
Wagga is a military city and growing up here meant you were accustomed to past wars and honouring those who served in them.
This weekend’s anniversary was brought about by the end of four years of conflict at 11am on November 11, 1918 but it is aptly named as a day of remembrance.
Each town and city in the Riverina are holding commemorative services for residents to go and pay their respects in person.
But those not in close proximity can still wear a poppy or take a minute’s silence wherever you are in honour of the spirit of the day.
Attending an official ceremony is not the only way to pay respects. Our lives are busy but it costs nothing to be respectful.