Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.
With the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings now passed, and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War soon to arrive, I was reminded of the 75th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in 1990 and these sage words of Professor Manning Clark when he was asked by Paul Lyneham on the 7.30 Report what he thought the legacy of the First World War was;
He answered this way:
"Really, ultimately, there was a chance that war became so horrible, beginning with 1914-18 and then 1939-45 with the dropping of the atomic bomb, that that's a great chance for humanity. It may cure us all, finally, of fighting."
With 16 million killed in the First World War and 65 million in the Second World War, what chance humanity will ever, finally, take that chance?
"An eye for an eye, will only make the whole world blind." Mahatma Gandhi.