“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Nearly every Australian knows these words and the meaning behind them. Every year on April 25, we as a nation, pause to pay tribute to the men and women past and present, who have served our country, and those we have lost in war. We vow to never forget these courageous people.
But there are some who are forgotten…
On June 21st, 2016 at the Australian War Memorial, Tony Dell laid a wreath in front of the shrine of remembrance in recognition of those we have lost to psychological wounds. It was a message to the families who’s sons and daughters never really came back from war, and died thousands of miles from a conflict zone. These men and women on that day were remembered alongside those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield.
That day, there was no stigma of suicide, there was no politics, they were recognised as equals.
Stand Tall 4 PTS would like to propose June 21 becomes an annual day where we recognise those we have lost to psychological wounds. I’m aware we have Mental Health Awareness Day, PTSD Awareness Day, and Suicide Prevention Day, but what better way to raise awareness of these issues than to recognise those lost as equals rather than a statistic that is more often than not swept under the rug?
In regards to laying the wreath, Tony Dell said…
“These men and women’s names are not among the 100,000+ names on the walls of the Memorial but they are always remembered by those who knew and loved them, and we remember them on June 21, 2016.”