The Aussie Star family live in a district where my family has lived for generations. There are links to our past around the small towns which can be seen on plaques, in community halls, sporting clubs and churches. Ancestors can also be found on the local war memorial where the names of members of my family are listed for both World War I and II. Although I never met these relatives I can’t help but feel a connection to these two men, particularly my Poppa’s brother who was killed in Damascus in Syria and is buried there. I sometimes feel sad that there is no chance of someone visiting his grave in a country that is torn apart by war and unsafe to visit. Last year I took my daughter (11) to see the memorial and we discussed the reasons her ancestors were included on the list of names. It was clear that it had struck a nerve with her as she asked constant questions on the way home;
- Why did the war start?
- Why did they have to go and fight?
- Didn’t they know it would be dangerous?
- If there is another war will Dad have to go and fight?