The Galactic Council learn about ANZAC day -- Anon Guest
Humans are Deathworlders. They have such an enormous warrior culture that baring their teeth is seen as being friendly, and can get hostile when others fail to follow suit. Thus it is surprising to learn about assorted memorial days. War, they reason, is a common occurrence on Deathworlds. They should be as unmarked as the average rainstorm.
Then they learned about the Great Wars and the immense chains of stupidity that almost obliterated certain towns and impeded their usual lifestyles for the better part of two decades. Most of which was due to the Deathworlder habit of romanticising battle, doing things like calling it 'fun'.
The senselessness of industrialised war left an impact on the Humans of the era. So much so that mourning for the lost became a tradition. As did the tendency to keep perpetuating war. Group identities formed based on alliances in those turbulent years. Such as the newest nations of the time, and geographic neighbours, Australia and New Zealand. They lost so much, together, that they formed an unbreakable bond. Comrades in arms, a uniquely Deathworlder bond so intense that they made their own day for remembering it.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn...
Humanity remembered the big sacrifices. Hundreds of lives. Large portions of local populace. Decades involved in rebuilding. Decades before normalcy restored itself. Then, like most Human insanity, they threw themselves back into it all over again.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning...
Long after living memory faded, long after Humanity sowed its seeds into the stars. The tradition maintained itself. For a duty to family, for those who had mourned in the past, for what it meant to those in their ancestry.
We will remember them.
As far as the Galactic Alliance was concerned, it would have been a better idea if Humanity remembered what had been the big mistake rather than repeating what caused so many lost lives to be remembered in the first place. Unfortunately, there's little anyone can do to teach Humans not to be insane.
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