Australia Day, a day to celebrate. Or is it? I questioned the anti-Australia day comments on Twitter and was told a day of such tragedy should not be a day for celebration.
To that I say, would celebrating Australia Day on another day change or un-do the tragedy?
I know Australia is not perfect. No country is.
I know Australians are not perfect. No race is.
I know there are things we could do better. But I know there are a lot of things we do damn well.
I know that in order for Australia to be what she is, many made involuntary and inexcusable sacrifices. I think that people through our history have tried to right these wrongs as well as they could.
I know Australians do not necessarily like to be asked or told to be Politically Correct. So when people suggest changing “Australia Day” to “Citizens Day” it is going to get some backs up.
For me, Australia Day is a day to reflect on our history. We can’t change it, but we can learn from it.
Australia Day is a day to give thanks that we live in a beautiful country, with many freedoms, with opportunity a plenty.
Australia Day is a day to embrace the Aussie cliches* – throw another shrimp on the barby, drink a beer or 10, have some vegemite on toast, wear your thongs, wrestle a croc!
Australia Day is a day to honour those who have represented our country with grace, flair, fairness, achievements, service,
Australia Day is a day to be with loved ones and be proud to call ourselves Aussies.
What does Australia Day mean to you?
* unfortunately the weather is not good here, so doing the traditional BBQ, heading to the beach, will not happen. Instead we will be taking a poorly 4 year old to the doctor, then going to see Keith Urban tonight! I’d take Keith Urban over a BBQ any day!
Linking up with Cooker and A Looker for her special Australia Day linky party