When I was a kid, I remember asking my grandfather what the War was like. He looked at me and said
“Victor, you don’t want to know.”
Grandfather was a strong, immovable man who fought in WWII and was interred in a concentration camp. He was one of the greatest men I’ve met in my life.
Like many Diggers I’ve had the privilege of meeting, he spoke with warmth and compassion, but you could see the pain he went through in his eyes. As I get older, I understand more and more why he couldn’t talk about his experiences. The sacrifices our troops make to protect our way of life should not be taken lightly.
It was an honour to pay my respect and express my gratitude to the many servicemen and servicewomen from Ryde who gave their lives to ensure we enjoy our freedoms today. Lest we forget.