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Posted by te2ataria on April 16, 2009

Sent by a reader in Australia

ANZAC Day is NOT for Bar Brawlers

The mother of a New Zealander who was killed in a bar fight in Bali at the weekend has now raised enough money to bring back the body of her son.

Merrill Headifen has raised at least NZ$8,000 to return the body of her 22-year-old son, Sean, to Palmerston North, where she resides.

Sean Headifen, a former soldier, was killed in a bar fight in Kuta, a town in southern Bali, Indonesia, on Sunday night.

According to the news media in New Zealand,  his mother is considering to hold his funeral on Anzac Day.

I sincerely hope she would change her mind after reading this and hold the funeral for him on some other day. There are 365 days in a year and, right or wrong, ANZAC Day is dedicated to the memory of those hapless victims of the empire who lost their lives playing the rich man’s shooting game, as did my great grandpa, leaving their wives doing unimaginable things to support their families.

Kuta is not in Gallipoli. Indonesians aren’t Turks. My great grandpa and most of his army mates, who were condemned to certain death when the military top brass sent them to gallipoli, never got involved in a drunken brawl.

So, please, try to honour the Day, and let the war dead sleep in peace.

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