OPINION: JUST stop and imagine this for a second.

You came to this rugged land with mates, excited and ready - now most of them lay dead.

Alone while clinging to your bayonet, you know when the whistle blows you'll be the next one over the top - and probably be killed by Turkish gunfire.

Despite the bleak outcome, you charge anyway and begin the legend that would live for 99 years.

I still struggle to comprehend how men, most only a little older than me, ran into death on the Gallipoli peninsula.

We often zone in on the incredible sacrifice made by the Gallipoli Anzacs.

But don't forget the other Aussie heroes during war time.

The Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 saw the Aussie and American navy hold off a Japanese seaborne invasion of Port Moresby.

It was thought a Japanese hold on Port Moresby would make Australia more vulnerable.

And on land, while drenched in mud, dodging gunfire from the trees and with no relief in sight, our diggers soldiered on.

When I was at primary school in Brisbane I remember a man reading a letter written by his father, who served in the Second World War.

"Our greatest fear wasn't death - it was not being remembered," he said.

I don't think his fears will ever come to fruition.

Lest we forget.



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