On Anzac Day 2020, I was to speak at the Mologa War Memorial Anzac Day service in northern Victoria. One hundred years before, in 1920, my grandfather and great-grandmother had unveiled the WWI memorial to the young men of Mologa who had served. Unfortunately, owing to the COVID-19 crisis, we are unable to gather around our war memorials this year. Instead, I would like to share with you some of what I would have expressed at Mologa and the reasons why we must always honour the Anzacs, past, present and future.

Allison Paterson