The romanticism of a mythical Gallipoli coming-of-age only came about decades later, when the children who had grow up without fathers wanted to make sense of their needless deaths.
Now Anzac Day has become where we pretend we've changed. Don't believe me? On Anzac Day do we remember the last time we fought as a unit with our transtasman cousins?
The last time was when we invaded Vietnam where we killed innocent people and even lost a few of our soldiers doing it.
Lest we forget? It wouldn't even occur to most of us today to remember our brutal actions in Vietnam, let alone Afghanistan.
We all accept that Gallipoli was a disaster caused by our self-imposed subservience to the notion of being part of Britain's Empire. But in nearly a century we haven't changed.
This week Green MP Keith Locke sought in Parliament a referendum on whether our head of state should be a New Zealand citizen.
It was defeated at the first reading. It seems our Parliament still wants to fawn over an English monarch as our sovereign.
We somehow hang on to the same constitutional set up we had when we invaded Gallipoli on Britain's behalf.
Our boys lying in their graves at Gallipoli would, I'm sure, see the black humour if we were to tell ourselves that their sacrifice made New Zealand realise we can no longer be beholden to a foreign imperial farce.
Why are we so grateful to McCarten then? Well, today of all days, he's reminded us why we were so pleased that Keith Locke's Head of State Bill was defeated on Wednesday. He's also reminded us why we so despise the looney left which Keith Locke and his likes represent.
Thanks a lot Matt. Just remember, you only have the freedom to voice your minority opinions because a legion of brave men preceded you. Today, we WILL remember THEM.