The young pay the price of war

WAR can be summed up as one group of young people who don't want to be there, trying to kill another group of young people who also don't want to be there.

Speaking at this morning's dawn service at Byron Bay, Ray De Vere OAM, who was MC for the service, conceded the summary was a bit simplistic. However, he said that suffering was also behind the intense bonds formed among groups of soldiers who fought together for Ausrtralia.

"It is during the outrage of war that fighting men and women form bonds that are often unequalled in other forms of human endeavour," he said.

"I believe that this bond provides a strong reason, and explanation, for the assembly you see here today."

Nearly 200 people gathered for the Dawn Service at Byron.

"Would you trust your neighbour three doors down the road or a member of your local golf club with your life in a critical situation?" Mr De Vere said.

"Service-people do so with out thinking about it. They do so because they know they can trust the members of their section or crew; each person knows the strengths and weaknesses of the other; each person supports the rest.



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