What Remembrance Day means to John Monash Scholars
On Remembrance Day today, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served for their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve. During times of war, individual acts of heroism occur frequently and only a few receive official recognition.
By remembering all who have served, we recognise their courage and integrity to conquer hardships taken upon themselves so that we could live in peace. We asked Major Nathan Johnson, 2018 Pratt Foundation Commemorative Defence AAA John Monash Scholar, Lieutenant Hannah Phelps, 2021 Chairman's Circle John Monash Scholar and Captain Amrinder Ghuman, 2021 ANZAC Centenary John Monash Scholar what Remembrance Day means to them.
“Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us all to commemorate the men and women who sacrificed their lives for Australia in war. We reflect not just on World War I, but the heroism, courage and determination of uniformed personnel in all conflicts. This year I will join the National Service of Remembrance in London and reflect on the legacy of Australians who died in service of their country.” - Major Nathan Johnson
“Remembrance Day is a time of reflection. It is an opportunity to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in any aspect of service, and to appreciate all men and women who serve today. It is also a time to reflect on the brutality of war and the lasting impacts it has across all borders and generations.” - Lieutenant Hannah Phelps
“For me, Remembrance Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices that were made by my forebears in building our nation. It's also serves as a renewing force for a personal challenge, to live up to ideals they fought for.” - Captain Amrinder Ghuman