Monday, April 24, 2006

Anzac Day


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.

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