Poppies for ANZAC Day

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.

I remember listening to these lines being read in assembly throughout my school years, in both primary school and high school. We would repeat ‘Lest we forget’ after the speaker. Although I didn’t necessarily understand why we were having the service, the trumpet was nice to listen to, so it was okay.

Pass through the years, and I no longer have ANZAC Day assemblies, as universities don’t really hold them. I’m a little wiser about ANZAC, but not that much. For each person, it can mean different things though.

Which brings us to today...

I posted well wishings for ANZAC Day on social media of an organisation that I volunteer for this evening, after delaying an upcoming announcement for the occasion. If you know me, I don’t really have so many volunteering jobs anymore that you can be confused which organisation I mean. Regardless, afterwards I sensed some doubt from those I know about whether it had been a good idea.

Eliciting some opinion, I got the impression that others would not have posted about ANZAC Day if they were in my position. While I admit I immediately doubted my actions after the post was successful, I felt that I had good reason to make the decision to post regardless.

If it makes sense for an organisation like ours to post about a non-calendered Pocky Day or post in remembrance of the Japan earthquake, not to mention remind Australians over 18 to remember to vote in the elections; as an Australian organisation it would make sense (to me anyway) to pay some tribute to the holidays and occasions celebrated by Australians, one of which is ANZAC Day.

ANZAC can be a touchy topic sometimes, as it has turned out to be this year, and I understand where offence may be taken when it’s an organisation like ours that crosses cultures. However despite the specific reference to ‘ANZAC Day’, the only meaning I ever intended to give was a sense of remembrance for all those touched by war, not just Australians or other cultures, but everyone who has been impacted. Who likes conflict?

There is no wrong or right, just what people think what they are doing is right, but what other think they are doing is wrong. I supposed this played into today too, where I may feel that what I did not do was necessarily wrong, but it was certainly a mistake in others’ eyes.

Nonetheless, it can be a flaw to try to be too politically correct, to want to appeal to the Australian side of our audience, as well as the Otaku. It was an unusual move, but I take solace in the fact that there do appear to be some that have embraced the post, taking the time to ‘Like’ it. Yet there are certainly none from my close circle that are usually quick to like posts. I guess you can’t please everyone.