Australia Day, also known as Foundation Day and Invasion Day, is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated on the 26th of January each year, it marks the arrival of the first British fleet in 1788. It’s a bit controversial to celebrate what was a brutal beginning in the history books. Sadly, the story is similar to the way newcomers in the United States treated Native Americans. Work continues in both Oz and the USA to heal wounds and make peace, so that we can all get along to honor and celebrate our differences. To read more about Australia’s clash with outsiders, read “The Fatal Shore” by Robert Hughes. Learning from our past is the best way forward to a better future. And for all those celebrating a day off work today, make it a good one…be kind, especially to your friends and relatives!
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