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Today is Anzac Day in Australia.

It’s a significant day on our calendar as it commemorates the remarkable contribution that our servicemen and women have made to the freedom that we experience in this great country.

Since the original Anzac Day in 1915, when soldiers from Australia and New Zealand stormed the beaches of Gallipoli in Turkey, we have been blessed by thousands of heroic men and women who have given their lives or been severely injured as they served their country.

I recently came across the story of Private Liam Haven, a remarkable young man who served in East Timor and Iraq.

Returning from a routine patrol in 2008, he was hit by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device.  At first, he thought that he was fine and had dust and sweat in his eyes.

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It’s Anzac Day.

It’s a day when Australians remember the significant contribution that our servicemen and women have made to our way of life.

Thousands of young people have  sacrificed their lives on battlefields around the globe to maintain our democracy here in Australia and to keep the peace in volatile parts of the world.

We are blessed to have tremendous freedom here in Australia.  We can do pretty much whatever we want, whenever we want, with whomever we want.

But as I consider the freedom that we have, I can’t help but think that we have a responsibility as well.

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