Reflection on “Anzac Day” – June 2013

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Reflection on “Anzac Day” – June 2013

When I was in Korea the Memorial Day was just one of the holidays for me even though my father was a veteran in the Korean War.  25 April 2013 was the first time that I realized how important it was to New Zealanders.  At the same time I became aware how ashamed I was. On that day Edith let me know that what Anzac Day was and the meaning of the hymn “Sons of Gallipoli” as well. And my husband talked to me how impressed he was after participating in the Anzac Day parades in Auckland Domain as one of the Korean navy reservists.  That made me do some research when I found that during the Korean War 4,700 New Zealanders served as part of the New Zealand contingent known as Kay Force under UN Command.  1300 served on a frigate during the war and for a period after the Armistice (1953-1957).  45 men lost their lives serving in the NZ forces – 33 of them during the war. They didn’t know where Korea was and who the Koreans were. They just gave their lives for freedom. I think they should be respected as “The guardians of democracy”.  Thank you so much and peace of God be with them.

Connie