Am off to the Dawn Parade.
Lest we forget.
Am off to the Dawn Parade.
Lest we forget.
Good on you. just got back from the RAR combined service at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane with my wife, daughters and my dad. He served in Vietnam in 69 with 9 RAR. Many of the guys still look pretty good despite it all and it was a great turnout with many different units hosting services all over the barracks.
Hope it always continues.
I attended a ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance here in Melbourne, opposite Vic Barracks. Another large turn out and still emotional. I have nothing but the highest respect for those have served our nation. Today I took my 2 yo daughter for the first time. We had to rug her up a bit though as it was pretty cold. This is one bloody great country.
P.S. Please don't forget to buy an ANZAC Badge today if you haven't done so already.
A few songs for those of us who are far away from Australia at this time:
"And the Band played Waltzing Matilda" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlYynHmE8b0
"Anzac Day Tribute" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYR8oHPHBZY
"The Last Anzac Tribute" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9A4A...related&search
I'm just back from Dawn Service with 4 CSSB at Broadmeadows and then we marched down Swanston St/St Kilda Rd to the Shrine. Did you see me Greggy??
Now off to the G to watch the Bombers kick some @rse, and I might have a few beers.
Writing in the trenches, [Anzac soldiers sit in their shelters in the trench and write letters home, June? 1915] [picture] . 1 photograph : gelatin silver ; 5.9 x 8.4 cm. Inside Back Cover of The Great War, 1914-1915 : a collection of photographs taken by Signaller J.P. Campbell whilst on active service with the glorious 3rd Brigade of Light Horse ... [picture] 
Great old pics at this site:
Hope everyone back home has a great day and takes some time to remember.
Times like these I miss home.
All the best,
This looks like a good watch tonight.
SBS tonight at 7.30pmGallipoli
Fergus Shiel, Reviewer
April 24, 2008
This documentary's message is that war is unrefined cruelty for all; courage, sacrifice and mateship are universal.
We know Gallipoli principally as a tale of admiration forged between Australia, New Zealand and Turkey from the horror, loss and blinding courage of an epic battle. All three nations commemorate Gallipoli, and share the strangely comforting notion that here was war fought fiercely but with honour.
This brilliant, ambitious and visceral documentary by writer-director Tolga Ornek revolves around not only the Anzacs and the Turks but also soldiers from both ends of Britain's rigid, early 20th-century class divide.
"With the going down of the sun, we will remember them..."
ALL of them. Including,
My dear departed grandfather (WW1 - France)
My dear departed father (WW2 - Tobruk, El Alamein, Lae, Finscchafen)
My dear departed father-in-law (WW2 - Tobruk, Greece, Crete, New Guinea)
I'll never forget.
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.
The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914. This verse, which became the Ode for the Returned and Services League, has been used in association with commemoration services in Australia since 1921.
Anzac Day has always been a bittersweet day for us. My grandfather and his brothers all fought in Villiers Bretonneux - he was a 17 year old, then after the war worked in the gravesite memorial there, repatriating graves. He died from war related illnesses before I was born, when he was 50.
And then my father served in the Korean War and he is now also gone from war related illnesses.
But Anzac Day, 25th April, is also my mother's birthday, and today she turns 80! So her birthday which should be a happy event, has, for all my life, been centered around War, Loss, and death.
Today the immediate family are going to her lunch, but one of her grandsons (my nephew) will be missing - he is serving in the Navy, as my Dad did.
"Letter from Gallipoli": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5uFz...eature=related
ANZAC troops at Gallipoli: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs6O_eIQPBI
ANZAC Legend begins - And the Band played Waltzing Matilda: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlYynHmE8b0
Gallipoli Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCP1q...eature=related
Gallipoli Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA8Jv...eature=related
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And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda:
Beautiful Autumn day. Back from the march and brekky in the local RSL with youngest son. Focus was on Villers Brettoneux in the address.
Tim Blair has the following extract from Les Carlyon's book on his website...
'...The way Jimmy Downing, who was a solicitor from Victoria, describes it, he was in the brigade that attacked around Villers-Bretonneux from the north. There was another brigade, an Australian brigade, to the south. And the idea was to sort of envelope Villers-Bretonneux and cut off the Germans there.
Anyway, the way that Jimmy tells it, once they got going and they actually ran into the Germans, for some reason the Australians just went mad. And they literally yelled and charged. They yelled so loud on Jimmy Downing’s side that the Australians on the other side of Villers-Bretonneux - and it is a fair way away - they could actually hear the yells and they just literally bayoneted every German they could see ...
These men in Jimmy Downing’s brigade had been at Fromelles and in part it was probably revenge for that. But it was a very bloody encounter and the Australians in fact saved Villers-Bretonneux that night'.
****As they still say in VB even today, 'N'oublions jamais l'Australie' (Let us never forget Australia).
Thanks for those Wayne.
anyone else notice this too:
on anzac day it always rains !!! in adelaide anyway,, its always a curse