I have my dad to thank for my interest in learning about the military and the history surrounding the world wars.
This year on Anzac Day we both attended the dawn service held at Kings Park and it was such an incredible moment to share. In my twenty years of living, it was the first dawn service I had been to and I felt humble, proud, sad and thankful for the sacrifices that others made for the generations to live on after they had fallen.
Back to the future- today I was able to get a glimpse of the newly renovated Army Museum on Burt Street in Fremantle. It was definitely worth the wait! I arrived and waited for my dad to arrive- we were able to have about an hour of half of dad and daughter time- our time spent together always makes me happy- I love my dad to bits! I enjoy strolling through museums and learning about different events in history but there’s only so much that you can learn from reading a sign or looking at an exhibit. I find that oral history or story telling is a richer source of information and I love how my dad can explain facts to me or give exhibits some context.
I also just enjoy spending time with him but it’s great to learn more about history and about the knowledge that my dad has as well. The museum itself has information ranging from World War 1 to Modern Day achievements and downfalls. There are also a number of volunteers on site ready to welcome visitors with a smile and some facts and general conversation. Entry is only $10 and well worth the price as there is a lot to rest your eyes upon. If you have an hour or two to spare, I highly recommend the visit if you don’t mind reading signs and walking up a few stairs.
Personally, I always leave museums with new perspectives, knowledge and gratitude (especially after today’s museum visit) for the selflessness of others and their achievements.
Lest we forget.