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The Power of Reflection: Anzac Day 2019

DEFGLIS Board member Karen Dwyer reflects on her connection to ANZAC Day

I've been in the Navy for more than 12 years and over those years, my understanding and connection to the stories of Anzac has really evolved. No matter where I am in the world, there’s always a moment for quiet reflection on Anzac Day.

In my initial years of service, those moments of reflection were indeed about our Anzacs. But in more recent years, those moments have become far more personal. I think about and give thanks to the Australian Defence Force I know and the people with whom I’ve served.

It’s a day that reaffirms my commitment to my uniform and what it represents and importantly, it reaffirms my commitment to every other person who serves alongside me. That’s not something I take lightly. I find the Dawn Service to be so powerful, particularly during the observance of one minute of silence. For that minute, there’s this eclectic group of people gathered in solidarity to pay their respects, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality or background.

For that minute, the only thing that matters is remembering those who have served. The feeling is palpable - it’s almost other-worldly. 

I have a fairly significant family connection to World War I. My great-grandfather fought and served in the British Army as a member of the 18 th Royal Irish Regiment. His experience of service life is something that's so far removed from anything that I think I'll ever fully appreciate or comprehend but I’m eternally grateful for his service. 

Today, just take a moment to reflect on your personal connection to the significance Anzac Day. You may surprise yourself.

25 April 2019

About the Author
Author: Karen Dwyer
Karen Dwyer is a Petty Officer in the Royal Australian Navy and Board Member for DEFGLIS
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