Garish Banners and a Feigned Welcome

As a life-long dawn service attender it had always been my belief that the rigorously non-sectarian, non-commercial tone of the observance was its unifying and inclusive characteristic. It made no special provision for Catholics or Carlton supporters or the left-handed, but embraced us all in our single unifying allegiance; that is, Australians. For it was for and on behalf of the Australian nation that our young stepped forward when the country needed them, often at the ultimate cost. And as a unified nation we offer our respects.

But now we have a tiny self-separating minority with garish banners and a feigned welcome and inevitably a good old whinge thrown in for good measure and an unintelligible invocation. I mean, why stop there, bigots? Where the gay pride flag, and the banners and club songs of all the original and new sporting codes as well? The Masons? Every conceivable denomination? Surely all could claim equal entitlement.

Another unifying convention trampled in the scramble for splintering the lovingly burnished soul of Australia.”

Olrence on the RSL surrenders thread.

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32 Responses to Garish Banners and a Feigned Welcome

  1. Lee

    And you’re a “racist” if you speak up about it, or object to it.

    Why should one ethnic group get special privileges, least of all on Anzac Day?

  2. Roger

    But now we have a tiny self-separating minority with garish banners and a feigned welcome …

    Aye.

    If we’re welcome to country why are they so resentful about it?

  3. stackja

    The Left finally getting traction on Anzac Day.

  4. a reader

    Put a fork through Australia, it’s done. Even when it’s got supposedly right wing governments

  5. Iggie

    How about only turning up when the WTC etc is over.

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If we’re welcome to country why are they so resentful about it?

    A resentment caused by the knowledge that seventy percent of those watching, are battling to keep a straight face?

  7. Mater

    It’ll be a fucking cold day in hell before I endure a service in which I am ‘welcomed’ to a country that I risked my life for.
    If they are going to do it, I’m glad that it’s at the start. It gives me a chance to depart before the meaningful part of the service commences. I wouldn’t want to be disrespectful.

  8. David Brewer

    Why should one ethnic group get special privileges, least of all on Anzac Day?

    Quite. Welcome to Country ceremonies dilute and sectarianise the occasion being celebrated. They are particularly inappropriate at Anzac Day ceremonies. For starters, you just don’t frig about with any ritual, let alone by grafting on something completely irrelevant. Secondly, in this case it’s worse than irrelevant, it undermines the occasion. Anzac Day comemorates those who died defending this country. Pretending that those dead were only guests in someone else’s country is an insult that vitiates the whole exercise.

  9. Roger

    A resentment caused by the knowledge that seventy percent of those watching, are battling to keep a straight face?

    Deeper than that.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’ll be a fucking cold day in hell before I endure a service in which I am ‘welcomed’ to a country that I risked my life for.

    Well said.

  11. Roger

    It’ll be a fucking cold day in hell before I endure a service in which I am ‘welcomed’ to a country that I risked my life for.

    Understandable.

    I expect not a few indigenous veterans would hold the same view.

    The army accepted them as citizens; ‘welcome to country’ seeks to reimpose the old tribalism.

  12. Scott Osmond

    The older I get the more I realise that the calls for tolerance and acceptance I excepted as a teenager and young 20 something was a lie. It’s a dominance game. So I don’t play. I turn my back, remain seated when called on to stand and quietly chant “bullshit, bullshit”. Funnily enough people say they agree with me but aren’t game to say or do anything because they don’t want to be labelled. Being a white, straight male I’m already a racist, sexist, homophobe before I say or do anything so I don’t care.

  13. candy

    It ‘s very sad. It makes you feel like crying.
    The chaps who died for our nation should not need now to be welcomed to it before they can be honoured.

    And died in horrendous circumstances, but because they are “white invaders” their sacrifice means nothing.

  14. Bronson

    Well thats the end of that then! The absurdity of it all welcoming to country the very people who stood and died for it. Why would anyone take part in this bastardised and now degraded institution.

  15. Tel

    The absurdity of it all welcoming to country the very people who stood and died for it.

    Oh I wouldn’t worry too much … unlikely anyone will make that mistake again.

  16. a reader

    Even the bloody V8 Supercars did the welcome to country bs on the weekend. I know it’s Abo-woke capital Adelaide but still. I turned the TV off for 5 minutes

  17. britt

    If this back to country stunt is pulled at any gathering I attend I am happy to stand and turn my back, just as they did to John Howard.

  18. duncanm

    Mission accomplished.. they will destroy the Anzac legacy.

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A resentment caused by the knowledge that seventy percent of those watching, are battling to keep a straight face?

    Deeper than that.

    I watch “Welcome to Country” – faux Aborigines, in red nappies, prancing to the sounds of farting noises, made by someone blowing through a hollow log. I don’t see that culture as being the equivalent of a culture that invented open heart surgery and put men on the moon.

  20. Adelagado

    It’s not a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony. It’s exactly the opposite. Its purpose is to is to make you feel like you are trespassing in your own land.

  21. I’d like the health authorities to intervene on the smoking part, it’s injurious to health, yet some are forced to endure it.

  22. Iampeter

    Always funny when leftists paying identity politics complain about leftists playing identity politics.

  23. Xword

    And the old men march slowly, old bones stiff and sore
    Forgotten heroes of a forgotten war
    And the young people ask ‘what are they marching for?’
    And I ask myself the same question

    _Eric Bogle

  24. I wonder how those aborigines that fought in those wars feel about this? They fought on behalf of every Australian and did so because they were already welcome, something that doesn’t need to be repeated. I guess the current crowd would have been happy had the Japanese won; but Australia most certainly would not have had to put up with such foolishness today.

  25. Mother Lode

    What would happen if old soldiers just started holding their own ceremonies their own way apart from the RSL’s hollowed out proceedings.

    The RSL does not own Anzac Day or the sacrifice of the dead or the fealty of the living.

    Like so many other organisations that has a power structure to enable it to operate it has been taken over by those who love power for their own sake.

  26. Crossie

    Mother Lode
    #3334098, posted on February 25, 2020 at 7:42 am
    What would happen if old soldiers just started holding their own ceremonies their own way apart from the RSL’s hollowed out proceedings.

    Eventually it will happen.

  27. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Pretending that those dead were only guests in someone else’s country is an insult that vitiates the whole exercise.

    Yes. It is deeply insulting. It should be stopped now before it gets a headstart.

    If it is not, I won’t be taking my grandchildren to see Anzac Day the way I took my children.

  28. Adelagado

    The logical next step is ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremonies for living Australian soldiers returning from overseas deployments. Wouldn’t that make them feel glad to be ‘home’.

  29. John cameron

    As someone who was born in Australia, I find it totally offensive that I have to be ” welcomed” to my country of birth by someone else who was born in Australia.
    A nation with more than one flag is a nation divided.
    I will not attend any function, memorial or otherwise, until these performances are over

  30. max

    Belief:
    an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof

    I believe is inescapable concept, meaning Religion is An Inescapable Concept

    what is western nations belief : democracy — that is what they teach in the churches, ups sorry, schools.

    Democratic fait is a fait of western people.
    And teachers are priest spreading that faith/gospel

    of course all bureaucracy get captured by revolutionaries eventually

  31. Professor Fred Lenin

    Perhaps if the crowd started laughing at them and pointing to the stupid acrylic traditional war paint and imported cotton lap laps on the white aborigines doing a pretend dance to pretend music jabbering in a pretend language nobody knows . Its a ludicrous sight worthy of the goodies , the alpbc woke “comedy”writers couldnt write this crap ,laugh the bastards out of the ceremony ,thats what to old diggers would have done . Humour destroys socialism as good as defunding .
    I see the woke armycommand are investigating Special Forces for killing people in Afghanistan,I suppose they murdere over five million Afghans a week while they were deployd there It should be made clear to soldiers that they are not allowed to harm tgair enemies ,its politically incorrect ._

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