lest we forget

I was woken up yesterday morning by a kookaburra. How australian is that. A unique sound, yet slightly annoying at 6am.

And besides football, meat pies, kangaroos and holden cars (and kookaburras) nothing is more australian than ANZAC day.

Theres something about the dawn ANZAC service. Held in every town and city in australia. To stand in the dark with a couple of thousand other people and watch the old soldiers march in, and the young. The horses standing in the background, no one making a sound. Then as the sun comes up the bugler plays The Last Post. And you really get goosebumps thinking about all those young australians, miles away from home, waiting in the dawn to go over the top of the trenches. As a young boy I know once said

It gets you right here – as he tapped his chest.

And how fantastic is it to see australians over at Villers Bretonneux this year as well as Gallipoli. A place I didn't know existed until a few years ago. A place where 2000 australians were killed in one night of fighting in 1916 at The Battle of Fromelles.

And how special will this years ANZAC day be for the family of The Sydney crew members. Only just now found after being lost at sea in 1941 with all 645 crew members still on board.



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7 thoughts on “lest we forget

  1. This is so beautiful. On Veteran's Day, poppies would be handed out, even in L.A., but no more. When I was in England (Bath) in early November, there were services every day. Everyone atttended.
    In the early '90's, I had a pen pal from New Zealand – he was not at Gallipoli, but saw action in the later battles, Passchendaele, etc. He was one of New Zealand's oldest veterans.
    I read alot about Gallipoli. The landing soldiers were entangled in barbed wire that the Turks had submerged beneath the water. Entire landing boats were slaughtered, packed so tight that the soldiers remained standing up. It's hard to read that and not be moved.

  2. The whole Gallipoli story is taught to us here very early at school. Sad now they are all gone. The last anzac died in 2002. Just can't comprehend what it was like for them there. A lot of australians travel there now for the dawn service. Must be an emotional feeling to sit on that beach where it hapened.

  3. I attended my first dawn service two years ago. It was very moving. In this day and age when so many have become jaded, remorseless, disrespectful and dishonourable, it is important for Australia to keep remembering these occasions.

  4. The dawn service has a very different feel about it than the later morning one doesn't it. Must say I'd have no chance of getting my kids out of bed at 4am for it though. The school does put on a very good anzac day assembly though.

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