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Lost soldiers have earned more than silence

LEST WE FORGET: Reader Allan Earl urges Australians to honour those who suffered in silence due to their service as we remember the fallen at dawn this Anzac Day.ANZAC Day has a different relevance to different people. The main one, I believe, is to be thankful and honour their sacrifice in allowing Australia to be the peaceful country that it has been since the end of World War II.I believe there area large number of unknown men and women who have paid that same pricealbeit not on the battlefield. They are thosethat have come home with a mind so permanently damaged by the horrors of war that they cannot handle everyday life and commit suicide.

Because Australia has been so protected from the ravages of places where war took place, a lot of people can obviously have difficulty in understanding the enormity of the situation these poor souls face. I therefore ask why not allow these victims and their surviving families the honour for the servicethat ensured wecontinue to live in peace despite their own personal toll.

Lifeline–13 11 14Allan Earl,ThorntonBRAVERY THAT FORGED USANZAC Day, a day when we pause to reflect on our personal family histories, our country and our national heritage. Great Uncle David Zerk was first generation Australian, born of Northern German and Danish heritage. David the farm boy from Morpeth, enlisted to join the Imperial Army to fight in the Great War on the Western Front.He died aged 23 in 1917 at the Battle of Bullecourt and is buried at Ploegsteert in Belgium. His resting place is ironically closer to his family’s place of origin in Northern Europe than his family’s adoptive country of Australia. A farm boy from Morpeth, whose story reflects so many other young men and women who joined the War effort at a time when our country did not have a formal national identitypre-federation.

Our Australian international spirit of goodwill continues today in so many ways. David’s story is a story of many others. Forever in our hearts – lest we forget

Kerri Cottrill,New LambtonA SPIRIT THAT NEVER AGESWHERE can young people find their place in the Anzac tradition?

While it may be harder for young people to relate to the individual experience of the veterans and to know their names and battles they fought, every Australian can embody the qualities that lie at the core of the Anzacspirit’s true nature.

Courage, loyalty, compassion, mateship, endurance – the Anzacspirit is something that lives on long after the battles.Whether it is helping communities after a natural disaster, supporting people at risk of homelessness, or providing a hand up to those affected by a family tragedy, every Australian, young or old, can play a part.

Let us honour our soldiers by remembering the sacrifices they’ve made and embodying the Anzacspirit in everything that we do, beinga voice for those suffering injustice or hardship and transforming Australia one life at a time.

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Venables, The Salvation ArmySILVER LINING TO GRAFFITITHANK you so much, everyone, for the overwhelming response and inspirational support shown to The Gallipoli Legion Club Newcastlein regard to the senseless graffiti tarnishing the Club Logo recently (“Graffiti on Gallipoli club”, Herald, 25/4).

The outrage from not only club members butfrom the general public on social media and mainstream media outlets was amazing and is a certain sign that the Anzacspirit is alive and well. Take care everyone,and whether you commemorate AnzacDay here at the Gallipoli Club or at any of the services around Newcastle and the Hunter, walk with pride.Head high, chest out. Be grateful for this wonderful country we have the privilege of calling home. Let our service men and women know that their sacrifice is not in vain.Lest We Forget

Michael Cleary,Gallipoli Legion Club CEORULES BEHIND THE MUSICTHERE has been a lot of talk about Queens Wharf Hotel and their licencing conditions (“Quieter days on the waterfront”, Herald, 20/4).Let me be clear: I totally agree with Ty Brennock (Letters23/4).

It’s absolutely a rite of passage for most Novocastrians to enjoy some chill tunes over a couple of summer arvo drinks with friendswhile watching our spectacular working harbour from Queens Wharf.

I encourage a flourishing and diverse live music scene in Newcastle, but processes need to be followed to ensure that the playing field is kept even for all businesses across Newcastle.Due to several complaints to the state government’s Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) about noise and operating hours on the wharf, the council was forced to remind the venue it was operating live music outside of the hours it agreed to in 2015, and which are included in its conditions of consent.

The venue’s consent from 2015 restricts live or musical entertainment on the wharf area to between 6 and 11pm Friday and Saturday and noon and 9pm Sundays.In fairness, and due to the legislative requirements, we can’t ignore conditions of consent for one operator and enforce them for others.After several attempts to contact the licensee over the last few weeks, council were only able to make contact after management posted about the matter on social media.The good news is that our council staff are now back in contact with the hotel and are once again working closely to assist them in understanding how they can effect change.

Together with Tim Crakanthorp and Sharon Claydon, we have been strongly advocating for a vibrant live music scene in Newcastle and we have convened a live music taskforce to help us protect and encourage the growth of live music as part of the council’s proposed After Dark Strategy, which is on public exhibition.

Like many Novocastrians, I’m proud of our city’s incredible history when it comes to live music and I’m optimistic that with a collaborative approach this vital industry will continue to thrive well into the future.

Nuatali Nelmes, Newcastle lord mayorRESIDENTS PAID THE PRICEHUNTER Water, shame on you.For years we had user-pays before Sydney. You took a lot of money out of the Newcastle area and now you want Dungog residents to use water tanks instead of doing the right thing and fixing theirwater problems with some of the money we the people of Newcastle paid in our water rates. What you are proposing is a bandaid solution. Do the right thing.

Marilyn Frost,Hamilton North

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