Monday, April 24, 2006
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.
For the Fallen
Anzac Day isn't a celebration. It's a commemoration of the sacrifice made by our war dead. It's also about the beginnings of our nation. We were made into Australia by a vote in 1901. In 1915 at Gallipoli we started to feel like a nation. Gallipoli is our birthplace.
I could go on a bit but I think I'll let yesterday's photos of Woy Woy's war dead do the talking.
A couple of Australian songs about war:
And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - about a young soldier sent to Gallipoli, also used by American Senator Bob Kerrey in his 1988 Presidential campaign.
I was only 19 - about a young soldier sent to Vietnam, by Australian band Redgum.