Remembering and Healing Inc. is a community organisation with a small, vibrant committee and a large crowd of supporters.
RaH focuses on Anzac Day, an important day on Australia’s national agenda, which has the potential to define the values of modern Australia, or to be divisive.
On Anzac Day RaH holds commemorations to honour all war dead, civilian and military, on all sides, and all who have suffered through wars. At the same time these events reflect a commitment to work towards preventing such sacrifice and suffering in the future.
We believe that all commemorations on Anzac Day need to honour all who have suffered through war, on all sides. And it also needs to reflect a society that is peace-orientated, and where building peace is the real agenda of a successful foreign policy.
All commemorations of war always need to go hand-in-hand with the strong commitment to work towards peace. Only by striving to prevent the suffering of war in future can we truly honour those who suffered in the past.
We believe that what is needed in our country, and in the world, is the healing of old wounds, learning from the past and moving on, and through that overcoming old enmities and working towards a more inclusive, peaceful future.
Especially as a multicultural country with a large percentage of citizens who have cultural ties to other countries, often former enemies, this is essential for the sake of social inclusion and harmony.
Remembering and Healing wants the values of Anzac Day to be relevant and meaningful to all of multicultural Australia and to reflect a peace-orientated society.
To respect and honour the sacrifice and suffering of all those afflicted by war, we need to strive for a future where conflicts are resolved without violence.
Major General P R Phillips AO MC (Retd):
While ANZAC Day is about commemorating those who gave their lives in the defence of Australia and the service of those who returned, it is appropriate to remember all those who have died in war, including our enemies, if we are to reinforce the lesson of the futility of war and renew our commitment to peace. In my experience, it is those who have been through the worst of war who are the first to acknowledge its folly.
The values of Anzac Day need to be critically examined and adjusted through a vigorous, public discussion Australia-wide.
We work to have RaH’s values, inclusiveness and peace-orientation, integrated into the official program for Anzac Day.