Who is a veteran?
They are men and women who, for many reasons, donned the uniform of our country to stand between freedom and tyranny; to take up the sword of justice in defence of the liberties we hold dear; to preserve peace and to calm the winds of war.
Young Diggers acknowledges we have a duty to all of todays veterans. They now uphold the traditions established by the ANZACs and preserved by subsequent generations of servicemen and women.
Your mothers and fathers, your grandparents, your aunts and uncles, your neighbors, the shop owners in your community, your teachers... each one could be a veteran.
But as much as they may differ by gender, race, age, national origin, or profession, they share a common love for our great nation; a love great enough to put their very lives on the line, if need be, to guarantee the way of life we enjoy today, and to secure that way of life for tomorrows generations.
The title 'veteran' speaks of courage and sacrifice in the face of mortal danger. It is a title that speaks of compassion and heartbreak in the wake of the terrible cost of war and keeping the peace. It is a title that speaks of love of country, and of a belief in our nation's goodness and our strength.
In each of our struggles, heroes in uniform emerge to inspire and spur us on to victory. Our veterans’ steadfast resolve to stand and fight for our way of life is a constant reminder that the righteousness of our destiny overarches the anguish of our losses.
The servicemen and women, even as civilians, distinguish themselves through their willingness to risk life and limb in defence of the freedoms we all cherish.
Those who have served our nation in uniform are the best people our society has to offer. We owe them our full support and our sincerest thanks.
Our veterans do not shrink from battle; they do not yield to fear; they do not abandon their cause. Unfortunately, some have made the ultimate sacrifice... Lest we forget!