It is the day to publicly show our respect, by attending the many dawn services and Anzac Day marches. In my home town, it is a very moving ceremony, and although the weather is usually terrible, I will certainly be there to say "THANK YOU".
My mother was in the "Australian Women's Land Army", during the war.
|Join the Women's Land Army, 1943, courtesy of Australian War Memorial|
"The aim of the AWLA was to replace the male farm workers who had either enlisted in the armed services or were working in other essential war work such as munitions. The AWLA was not an enlisted service, but rather a voluntary group whose members were paid by the farmer, rather than the government or military forces. Membership of the AWLA was open to women who were British subjects and between the ages of 18 and 50 years. Housed in hostels in farming areas, members were given formal farming instruction and were initially supplied with uniform, bedding etc. Members were not engaged in domestic work rather they undertook most types of work involved with primary industries "
Source: The Australian Women's Register
On the 24th April, 1995 my mother was awarded The Civilian Service Medal 1939-1945 which recognises the service of eligible civilians in Australia during World War II.
This medal is for civilians who served in arduous circumstances in support of the war effort as part of organisations with military-like arrangements and conditions of service. The Civilian Service Medal was created in 1994 after many years of campaigning for recognition of the Australian Women's Land Army's service to the nation.
Can you tell I am very proud?
Take the time today, to talk to and show your appreciation to our diggers. We should all be thankful