While the plan ran so smoothly in this commando operation, the quality of outcome is difficult to evaluate: On the one hand, the story is amazing with bravery and camaraderie to celebrate and admire; on the other, however, negative outcomes suggest that lessons learned may be bitter sweet.
This is the main problem with retelling this story, we focus too much on what we learn where we could be entertaining. Far too often you hear about how there are not enough youth partaking in commemorative services or recognising the repetitions of the past. So when all history is presented as a medium to constantly learn about the bad decisions that had bad results and the good decisions that had good results we lose the stories, like Operation Jaywick, even though we are told we need to remember, we lose the engagement of youth, and we begin to lose the meaning of Anzac Day.
Entertainment with stories such as Jaywick can provide the bridge for youth to investigate history so they can learn about our successes and learn about our failures. But also be there to commemorate and remember the stories from the dwindling population of war veterans.
And so when the baton is passed and the stories of these men and women live on; They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Lest We Forget
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