The following piece has been written by La Porchetta’s CEO, Sara Pantaleo.
ANZAC day is a time for us to remember the anguish of war, and to be thankful for our freedoms in peacetime.
It’s the day that Australians and New Zealanders might stop to commemorate the sad and futile loss of lives, and to honour those who survived. We are both countries of immigrants and survivors, many of whom arrived on our shores because they were fleeing war or persecution.
La Porchetta’s own founders were immigrants, and so are many of the good men and women in Australia and New Zealand who operate our La Porchetta restaurants.
Our franchisees, their staff and their customers are a melting-pot of cultures from all over the globe. Many have stories of leaving their homelands and their loved ones. So in the midst of our everyday peacetime liberties — to eat, to live, to love — we can pause for a moment on ANZAC day, to not take these privileges for granted. We can pause to honour our ANZAC survivors, to commemorate the loss of those who died and the grief of those who survived, and to be thankful for the freedoms and vitality we now enjoy.