Let’s talk: have we lost respect for our servicemen and women?

It used to be that men and women who had served in the Australian military were treated with respect and

It used to be that men and women who had served in the Australian military were treated with respect and appreciated for all the sacrifices they had made to protect our country.

Some of that respect seems to be lost on today’s youth though, as highlighted in the horrific attack inflicted on a navy officer on a Sydney train yesterday afternoon.

The young man, who has asked not to be identified, was travelling home with his girlfriend after marching in the ANZAC parade in the city when he was set upon by a group of drunken youths.

The navy officer and his girlfriend were sitting in a packed carriage with families and other veterans when a group of drunk men and women hopped on board.

They were allegedly shouting and swearing and making fun of war veterans and ANZAC Day.

Speaking to SMH, the navy officer’s girlfriend said he turned around and asked them to stop swearing and show a little respect to everyone else on the train.

Minutes later he was king hit square in the face.

“I’m surprised he wasn’t knocked to the ground because it was a king hit,” Emma Novotny said.

“We thought he might have had his tooth knocked out because there was a lot of blood coming out of his mouth, but it was just his nose.”

The event no doubt shocked the young families on the train and upset the other war veterans on board who were shocked to see an officer targeted like that.

It follows the revelation that thousands of young Australians uploaded photos to social media yesterday using the hashtag ‘Less we forget’ instead of the correct ‘Lest we forget’.

#anzac #lessweforget #cyclecorps

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Critics have hit out saying many young people don’t understand the importance of the sacrifices our ANZACS and war veterans have made.

They say people are using ANZAC day as an excuse to have a day off work and get drunk at the pub, without really showing respect or being thankful for those who served in the military.

Others though, say it’s not that big of a deal and we can’t expect today’s youth to have the same connection to servicemen and women as baby boomers do.

What are your thoughts?

Is the spirit of ANZAC Day lost on today’s youth? Should we be teaching them to show more respect for our servicemen and women?

  1. What nationality was the guy who attacked him? Or will I be called a ‘racist’ for even asking? This is where I think some military training should be the sentence for people like this. Then see if they show a bit of respect. Useless just fining them or giving them community service. Give them 3 months of recruit training. If he isn’t an Australian citizen then ship him back from whence he came😡.

    • Susan Bell  

      yes you are racist

      • Marion  

        ………..And you’re a ‘leftie drop-kick’…….

  2. Rosemary Waters  

    I think “Respect” is becoming part of a dead language. Not much of it anywhere. I do agree with Rhonda- give them military training

  3. Carol  

    Labor’s Whitlam got rid of ‘Nasho’ in 1972, so he’d get votes from 18 year olds’.

    One of the worse moves ever made.

    Since then, this Country has gone downhill rapidly, with crimes, both petty & serious, rising to astronomical levels.

    Having served in the Australian ARes, respect was still forthcoming. It was also how I was taught by my Parents’, & Teachers’.

    Not now. Just louts, hooligans, & coward one-punchers’ walk the streets of our country.

    Hope that young Naval Officer recovers. Disgusting what happens.
    Big difference in character between him, & his cowardly attackers.
    I hope they’re caught, & given long gaol time.

    • Susan Bell  

      what a load of rubbish. The Whitlam government got rid of a cruel and deeply unfair form of conscription where birth dates were pulled out of a barrel and some people were conscripted and the others, whose number were not drawn were free.And NO the acts of violence etc., have not increased, shall we talk about the wars between the different gangs that roamed the suburbs throughout the 60s? Conscription and the army do not teach community respect, compassion, kindness etc., It does not teach self respect or discipline, what it does is train the would be thug to become a well trained thug. Let’s face it the rich will always be able to buy their way out of conscription. Also, as a mother why would I want my child in an institution famed for its bullying, rape and mysogeny, read the news and all those long enquiries into the cruelty meted out to women and men who do not fit into the army pigeon hole. Not only that petty crime is at normal levels but we see corporate crime and greed sky rocketing, when we gaol all those business men and corporations for theft, especially all the wealthy and corporations who do not pay tax. Australians are proud of the fact that we twice voted down Billy Hughes’ conscription bills. We have an army of people who want to be there, who volunteer but too often they are sent to useless, hopeless wars against the wishes of the Australian public.

      • Carol  

        Have a rant! That’s all your type can do!
        Your comment is full of holes. You know nothing, & yet, try to sound ‘knowledgeable’ with untruths, & fallacies’.
        Bet YOU haven’t served your Country, as your ‘lefty leanings’ wouldn’t sit square with that.

  4. Lorraine  

    I lost my bomber pilot father in WW2. He was 27. He never saw me as I was born 2 days after he sailed.My mother joined the army when I was 14 months old. On Anzac Day I respect all those men and women who served in all wars, sometimes risking all and I grieve for the young lives lost and children growing up, as i did, never knowing their Dad.Anyone who can denigrate this is the lowest of the low.The men and women who were killed died heros and sacrificed their lives for our peace and freedom.

  5. Mary Merrington  

    One must realise that most Aussies are NOT OF BRITISH BACKGROUNDS like myself!
    Therefore ANZAC has very little meaning for us.

    • [email protected]  

      “Therefore ANZAC has very little meaning for us”. What in the hell has British got to do with it?? You are obviously very uneducated with regard to Australian history. Do you even know what ANZAC stands for? Wherever you came from, “NOT OF BRITISH BACKGROUNDS” is totally irrelevant. This is AUSTRALIA and our proud history of the ANZACs is carried on to this day. I am a Vietnam Veteran and ANZAC means a great deal to my generation of ex servicemen. Go to a library and have a read about OUR Military History and you may think differently — “has very little meaning for us”, what a disgraceful an d hideous thread you posted.

  6. Maria Reis  

    Bring back compulsory national service & we will see d difference..

    • Marion  

      A great loss to this Country ever since!

      The advantages of ‘Nasho’ far out-weighed much, but unfortunately, not the Ultimate.

      Still better than having the drunken, or drugged-out louts’ that roam our streets these days.

  7. Dennis  

    This is nothing new, the same happened to a lot of us in the late 60’s and early 70’s when our NZ Forces were in Vietnam, we reservists were also abused by the public and also ostracised by segments of the Anglican Church in New Zealand, the “peace movement”, which in later years when Russia opened the KGB files showed that most of these so-called peace people manipulated with disinformation by Soviet Agents of the KGB and GRU. I was proud to wear my uniform and was bashed up a couple of times, but with our bro’s fellow veterans we hit back leaving them with a few black eyes etc. The Anglican Church owes Service people a huge apology for the way they were treated, and the disrespect given to returning Vietnam Veterans.

  8. Fiona  

    Respect must be understood at home and encouraged by society in general. Our society has changed dramatically and with many more non-English speaking people, their customs, traditions and beliefs arriving by the day, Australians traditions and beliefs have eroded.
    More support for people in our services needs to be promoted in all areas of influence; media, governments, schools, home, councils etc.

  9. Geoff  

    In my lifetime there has arisen a gradual drift from natural discipline in the family, the schools and the responsible compulsion of national service. A smack on the bum, the infliction of the cane for rebellious behaviour and the imposition of reduced benefits for undisciplined behaviour, never harmed me nor those of my generation. Of course, there will always be the deviate, but I believe the reintroduction of such disciplined upbringing would lead to the resolution of much of the current lawlessness in our society.

    • Bronwyn  

      Yes, Geoff, a good caning would bring many of the louts’, of ALL nationalities’ here that we’re stuck with, into line, quick smart.

      Singapore canes, & there’s no crime! Amazingly simple!

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