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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 April 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 APRIL 2019 17 Lest we Forget YOUR WORDS. YOUR VOICE. People responded to a mother’s plight to try and get her 8-year-old to go to church. See full story on page 19. Jerry Tsagaratos Most religions need the forced attendance of children in order to maintain their establishments. Peter Bouza When I tell my children there is wine and bread on Holy Communion day they are there before the priest. Kostas Karakonstandis Why should they attend church is the question. Landing at Anzac Cove Remembering the first Anzac Day commemoration DEBBIE PAPADAKIS The first date that Anzac servicemen and Anzac medical teams had left Gallipoli to continue their war efforts around Greece and Europe was 25 April, 1916. To understand the strength of emotions felt that first year of Anzac Remembrance you would need to know what the diggers had experienced. They would forevermore remember Gallipoli and the loss of thousands of lives. In the eyes of the Anzacs that served at the storming of the peninsula, there had been discontent with the decisions of the 'Brass'. Blunders, where made by sending the troops to locations where the land form was unfamiliar to the soldiers and the leading commanders. They had not heeded the warnings of the local Greeks that had told them of the steep cliffs that were characteristic of the rough terrain common in Greece and along the coast of Asia Minor. Winston Churchill resigned as Naval Commander, and the storming of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli had haunted him for many years to come. For the common soldier, a new code was born - 'mateship', a strong feeling of 'watching out for your own'. This Anzac code gave our soldiers a reputation that stormed the world. They were renowned for their courage, bravery and instinctive strategic stills. Their 'bush' ingenuity in creating 'trench-tool gun gadgets'. As 'snipers' they could not be compared. Those that came from the countryside had skills that were valuable, those that didn't learnt fast because they worked as a team. No room for 'tall poppies'. This reputation, my father told me, carried on in WW2 as he remembered. It was the first year of Anzac Day when Anzac soldiers remembered their fallen. It began as a silent ritual commemorating the Anzac nurses and medical staff. They remembered them on their way to Gallipoli. They came from different backgrounds and from all walks of life. They were Australian but of different origins including Indigenous Australians and New Zealanders. They were united as one for the first time. Australia and New Zealand as new nations had responded to the call of the 'motherland' and pitched in the war effort. The young soldiers and medical teams had no idea where they were going and what warfare meant. They learnt fast. They saw war was ugly and still, they served and remembered. They focused on selflessly helping each other and saving as many lives as they could. When they came home after the war. They were silent. Thousands died. Many returned 'broken' and others came back with experience in strategy. The Anzac legend was born. LEST WE FORGET. Debbie Papadakis was born in Sydney and now lives in Athens where she works as an ESL teacher, freelance journalist and also writes stories and poetry. She supports a number of Anzac Day projects with the Daughters of Penelope. Letter to the Editor: Anzacs were right to attack Turkey A question arises with the centenary commemoration of WWI ending on Remembrance Day, 11 November last year; along with the 100-year commemoration of the greatly historic WWI Battle of Hamel, where Australian and American troops fought shoulder to shoulder for the first time (and under the Australian Command of the great General Sir John Monash); and with Anzac Day 2019 this week. Why do we still have to suffer fools like former Australian Labor PM Paul Keating and his protégé the, 'Castrored Bandana Kid' journo/ historian Peter FitzSimons so often stating/implying Australia should not have fought WWI? So, Keating and FitzSimons – Germany, was never on the march for territory? Then why was the so very lethal German armed-raider Emden blown sky-high by HMAS Sydney so very, very much closer to Broome…than, Berlin? (And as you're an historian, Peter FitzSimons, at the very moment of the Emden meeting its doom; the German Kaiser, was only playing with model putt-putt boats in his bath?) And Messrs Keating and FitzSimons, just north of us, in PNG today (where the first Aussie Diggers were killed in WWI; taking out German military installations!) there are still, place-names today of: The Bismarck Sea, Archipelago and Ranges; Finschaffen; Mt Wilhelm; New Hanover, etc! Who the hell, do you two blokes, think they were named after…Somalis? The Anzacs were (and had, every) right to attack Turkey (and defend Britain and her European allies)! Because – as recognised by then, Australian Labor PM Billy Hughes! - Turkey, was Germany's greatest (and strongest) WWI ally; and had Germany (and thus, Tur- key) won the war; we Australians (only here, courtesy of British Empire membership) would have become a German/Turkish 'possession' (just as Germany's PNG area 'possessions' became Australia's, after WWI) and we, Australians would have been subjugated by foreign powers (with our imports/exports killed off by German/ Turkish naval power)! Don't believe, me? Then you, two blokes… just ask Greek-Australians about Greece living under the Turks when subjugated by the Ottoman Empire for some 400 years! Howard Hutchins Chirnside Pk, Victoria Stavroula Agiasotelis Wake them up, get them dressed, get in the car and go to church. Simple. Nick Rodintsis Let them sleep, get dressed when they’ve had enough sleep, get in the car and take them to a park to play. Let them decide about religion when they are old enough to understand for themselves. Simple. Theo Tsalavoutas Stavroula Agiasotelis, you should be very proud of the balanced and healthy lifestyle you offer your children, never mind people who work to destroy this harmony in your lives. Kalo sas pasxa! Mezza Dee Respect their wishes - they’ll find their own way in life Theo Tsalavoutas Mezza Dee, operating on that logic, why raise your children at all then? If it is so wrong to raise your children with a loving upbringing in Christ or otherwise, why not just birth them and leave them in the wild to fend for themselves? Nick Rodintsis Theo Tsalavoutas, if you think the alternative to forcing religion onto a child that isn’t equipped to deal with such profound concepts is to leave them in the wild, then you have demonstrated a lack of understanding of the role of parents in a child’s life. Theo Tsalavoutas Nick Rodintsis, you need to learn to address what is being said, rather than use your imagination to interpret what has been said. You introduced the concept of forcing, not me. All I did was use Mezza’s ‘logic’ against her by highlighting that if a person is not allowed to raise their children with Christian Orthodox principles, what exactly denotes an acceptable method of raising a child? Con Kanellis Fascinating article - After a certain point in time the child - person either connects and wants to go or they don’t. There is nothing to be gained in forcing them - making them go to Church. Angela Papas Loving guidance. Yes this priest has the right idea. Faith can not be forced. Gozel Hansen Leave the choice for kids. Any person should be able to choose their own religion instead of being forced. Let them grow, study about all the religions and not only that. Help them to get a good education and let them decide themselves which way of living to choose. Respect their choice, they have right to do that. Our responsibility is to make sure that they grow up being a good, kind, respectful and well-mannered personalities, to give them base and knowledge to make the right choices in life. But the choice should be made by them! Write your comments on our social media pages and see them publicized here...
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