Lest We Forget What?

The real failure in any military is to believe your own myths and legends.”

- Major General (Ret.) Jim Molan AO DSC

Kate Aubusson is 27. She grew up in the suburbs of Sydney and she started working as a journalist a few years ago. She is part of the generation that saw the resurgence of the Anzac legend in the 90s as a defining story of what it means to be Australian. For her, it’s all about Gallipoli, the Anzac Spirit. Boys from the bush, sacrifice, mateship and being born as a nation the day the Diggers landed at Anzac Cove. In the next 4 years we’ll spend over $300 million to remember the First World War – more than any other nation. This is important to her. She had relatives who fought in World War One. When she was a kid she would stand for the minutes’ silence and say ‘Lest We Forget’, but in that silence she never knew exactly what she was supposed to remember… and in many ways she still doesn’t. So she is going on a quest that follows the path of the ANZACs. Starting at Gallipoli, and travelling to the Western Front. What she wants to find out is…When we say, “lest we forget” – Lest we forget what?