Tonight on Channel 9 Australia, a new Australian series will commence called, “In Their Footsteps”.
Here is the blurb from the Channel 9 Web Page:
In Their Footsteps is a 10-part series about Australian families rising to the challenges, enduring the deprivations and dealing with the lasting scars of war.
In Their Footsteps will shine a bright new light on Australia’s wartime history, bridging the past to the present for a modern generation of viewers.
And here is the Sneak Peek
Everytime I have seen this show promoted I have had chills running up and down my spine. I am so proud of every single person who has ever fought on our behalf and with ANZAC Day just recently behind us again and having attended the Dawn Service and the Brisbane CBD March, this series comes just at the right time to remind us of the sacrifices made by hundreds and thousands of brave men and women who have and still do, defend our country.
What this series is going to do however is take select relatives to the scene of some of the world’s greatest, yet horrific battles and give them a glimpse of just what conditions their relatives fought in.
Perhaps the defining moment in Australia’s history and one which forged our character as a nation occurred on the morning of April 25, 1915 on the day we now call ANZAC Day. On this solemn day, brave soldiers from Australia and New Zealand stormed the beaches of Gallipoli Cove in Turkey and were slaughtered on the beach and trying to get up the cliffs to face the Turkish army.
On that day the Aussie spirit of never giving up and being there for your mates was born and it is a fine tradition that lives on in us all almost 100 years later.
I didn’t have any relatives fight in the wars yet I feel so proud of everyone who ever did and I take my hat off to the relatives left behind when their loved ones went to war.
Thousands never returned.
There are thousands of people walking around the world today who lost loved ones in war and dealing with the struggles this would have caused them. Especially in the early 1900’s when men who were the bread winners in most families went to war and never came back. Many children grew up without mothers and fathers and didn’t have the privilege of growing up with both parents like most children do now.
It is important that all Australian’s remember these sacrifices of not only the people who went away to fight but also for those families who sent their fathers and sons and mothers and daughters off to war and were left behind to pick up the pieces.
In Their Footsteps will help tell their story and I for one, can’t wait to see it.
In Their Footsteps airs Sunday nights at 6.30pm on Channel 9. (ignore the time on the picture above)
Did you have a relative who fought for you and your country? Have you ever retraced their footsteps? I’d love to hear your story. Will you be watching this series? What do you think of it?