Post # 1
So you all may be wondering what ANZAC day is
‘Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australiand and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War 1 I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries. ‘
So for my aussie bees its today..
It means quite alot to me as the city I live in was the last port of call for the World War 1 soldiers and It was the last bit of Australian soil that they saw.
It also is a big thing as my brother and relatives have served for this country. So we went to the dawn service today and it was just amazing.
Anyway, here is a poem that is always sighted at the end of the dawn service, so I thought I would share this with you.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,They fell with their faces to the foe.They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morning,We will remember them.
Lest we forget!
Post # 4
Every time I’ve seen this today starting with the “They shall not grow old” I’ve gotten all teary eyed. I’m running to the train in an hour to pick up my Fiance, his Pop, and one of Pop’s Digger friends. Their company started with 365 people and from deaths, moving away, or being too old to do the march in Sydney each year it is now just Pop and his two friends left- pretty incredible. My fiance and his brother have been given replica metals and have now marched with their Pop for 3 years. Today, they were asked to hold the company banner in front of Pop and his friends to announce who they were- I think he was pretty excited to be able to do that. It’s really nice that so many people here get up early to go to dawn service or go in to major towns to watch all the old soldiers march. We have Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., but I never remember it being such a big deal. It’s nice that they are so honored here.
Post # 5
Lest We Forget. RIP Boys. We’re proud of you and always will be.
Post # 6
Lest We Forget *bows head*
I’m so glad to see that some people still respect the day. I was at the shops yesterday and there was a group of teenagers talking about how wonderful it is that they can go out and get drunk on a week night 🙁
Post # 7
Ditto, we will remember them
Post # 8
@Blue-Bird: I kind of felt that way at the RSL today. It seemed like most people were just there to get drunk on a Monday and play 2-Up. Hopefully that was only my perception of it, though.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I was in hospital this morning (crazy morning, all fine now) and they stopped nearly everything in the emergency room to have our minute’s silence, which was great. Lest we forget!