A Prayer For My Son
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee — and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all these things are his, give him, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”
written by General Douglas McArthur’
Australia Remember Bill Freeman
WWII Veteran Bill Freeman talks about his experiences as a Fighter Pilot. Mr Freeman’s family have a long history on the Gold Coast and are long time members or Currumbin RSL.
Memories of War – Australia Remembers
For three years Currumbin RSL has interviewed veterans, service people and their families to get a personal insight into war and its aftermath.
This is an edited 25 minute film using excerpts from these interviews.
Editing and the majority of filming undertaken by Chai Time Productions. Interviews also courtesy of Kym Melzer’s ‘Coming Home’ series.
Australia Remembers Normie Rowe
Australian entertainer and Vietnam Veteran Normie Rowe gives us an insight into his personal struggles with life after war, returning home and PTSD.
Australia Remembers Glen Mylne
Glen Mylne, a Vietnam Veteran served as a Medic and witnessed some pretty horrific things both during his service and after he returned home to Australia.
Glen is candid and honest in his interview at Currumbin RSL Gold Coast.
Australia Remembers Mervyn Reece
Mervyn is a Currumbin RSL Sub Branch member who served in WWII. He discusses his feelings on seeing the devastation in Berlin and how the German people were just as much victims of the war as the rest of the world. “People were starving, really starving; a cigarette would’ve bought you the world. It was horrible to see.”
Mervyn’s father served in WWI as a Light Horseman. Mervyn talks about his father’s return from war and how his full comprehension of what his father went through only became clear after he himself served.