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How do you even explain what war is to children?

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21.04.2019

This late, late Easter has thrown my internal calendar out of whack. It wasn't until I was driving to work this week that I even realised that Thursday would be Anzac Day. I do a drive by the Australian War Memorial most mornings and staging for the 2019 event is well under way.

I've been lucky this year to do many a story at the memorial. From stories on works of art and sculptures, to the people doing amazing things behind the scenes.

How do we explain to children what Anzac Day is all about? Photo: Australian War Memorial

But I've been lucky too, to have the opportunity to just visit the place.

The memorial is one of those places that is easy to take for granted, probably much like the efforts of the hundreds of thousands of Australian men and women who have gone to war over the past 100 years or so.

We drive past it, bask in its splendour, but do we really appreciate what it represents? Indeed, do most of us really understand what it represents? According to its corporate documents, the memorial's purpose is "to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war".

"Its mission is to assist Australians to remember, interpret and understand the Australian experience of war and its enduring impact on........

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