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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 10:19
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Anzac Day

Monday, 25th April, will be the 90th anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove.

The following poem was written by Banjo Paterson as an open letter to the troops in 1915.

"We're All Australians Now."

Australia takes her pen in hand,
To write a line to you,
To let you fellows understand,
How proud we are of you.

From shearing shed and cattle run,
From Broome to Hobsons Bay,
Each native-born Australian son,
stands straighter up today.

The man who used to "hump his drum",
On far-out Queensland runs,
Is fighting side by side with some
Tasmanian farmer's sons.

The fisher-boys dropped sail and oar
To grimly stand the test,
Along that storm-swept Turkish shore,
With miners from the west.

The old state jealousies of yore
Are dead as Pharaoh's sow,
We're not State children any more
We're all Australians now!

Our six-starred flag that used to fly,
Half-shyly to the breeze,
Unknown where older nations ply
Their trade on foreign seas,

Flies out to meet the morning blue
With Vict'ry at the prow;
For that's the flag the Sydney flew,
The wide seas know it now!

The mettle that a race can show
Is proved with shot and steel,
And now we know what nations know
And feel what nations feel.

The honoured graves beneath the crest
Of Gaba Tepe hill,
May hold our bravest and our best,
But we have brave men still.

With all our petty quarrels done,
Dissensions overthrown,
We have, through what you boys have done,
A history of our own.

Our old world diff'rences are dead,
Like weeds beneath the plough,
For English, Scotch, and Irish-bred,
They're all Australians now!

So now we'll toast the Third Brigade,
That led Australia's van,
For never shall their glory fade
In minds Australian.

Fight on, fight on, unflinchingly,
Till right and justice reign.
Fight on, fight on, till Victory
Shall send you home again.

And with Australia's flag shall fly
A spray of wattle bough,
To symbolise our unity,
We're all Australians now.






Lest We Forget.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 11:58
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Well done BD,

Back to the Top.

Lest we forget.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 12:07
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Yes, Gallipoli, a very sad period in history,

3000 from New Zealand,

8000 from Australia

20,000 from Britain and

30,000 from France

and most with an average age in their very early twenties.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 12:22
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It must be galling, to put it politely for those that laid down their lives so long ago, to find that their granchildren today are required to apply for visas in many of the European countries they aided.

Lest we forget - expressions of gratitude are short-lived.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 14:28
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"And their ghosts may be heard, as they march by the billabong
Who'll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?"

Lest we forget.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 15:38
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Bless 'em all. Were there any ceremonies at the Anzac Bridge in Sydney?
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 15:57
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The ceremonies are held on April 25.

I am pleased to say that the national day of remembrance is held on the actual day. It isn't reduced to "just another long weekend".

It's the one day I am honoured and proud to be Australian.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 16:58
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The sacrifices made will be remembered.

The memory of those who made them will endure.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, who salutes the flag, serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 17:14
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I was privelaged to be in Gallipoli for the 80th Anniversary of the landing, and it will be a memory I will never forget, and I was lucky enough to bump into a couple of the veterans. I recommend every Aussie making the pilgrimage at least once in their life time, and pay their respects, and give thanks for the sacrifice that was made.

Just do one thing for me, don't participate in the "Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi" rubbish at the Dawn service, I was embarrassed by that. It's a rememberance service not a sporting event, cheers.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 21:51
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with proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
england mourns for her dead across the sea,
flesh of her flesh they were spirit of her spirit,
fallen in the cause of the free,

solemn the drums thrill, death august and royal,
sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
there is music in the midst of desolation,
and glory that shines upon our tears,


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 NOT GROW OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD,
AGES SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN,
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


they mingle not with their laughing comrades again,
they sit no more at familar tables of home,
they have no lot in our labour of the daytime,
they sleep beyond englands foam.

but where our desires and hopes profound,
felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
to the innermost heart of their own land they are known,
as the stars are known to the night.


as the stars shall be bright when we are dust,
moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
as the stars that are stary in the time of our darkness,
to the end, to the end they remain

LEST WE FORGET.
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Old 23rd Apr 2005, 22:51
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Hard to believe it was 2 years ago we had the service in the Middle East whist on FALCONER.......

There will be a corner of Salisbury Plain that remembers on Monday.
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Old 24th Apr 2005, 14:06
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Well done, there, Bluey. Great idea to pass on the tradition of bickies to those who'd otherwise go without such a humble reminder,

Of the two dates per year I rise/am already up pre-dawn I make it a point to hear the Anzac Day service. The trumpet's mournful Last Post invokes a poignancy only imaginable, compared to the feelings evoked in those who've actually lost comrades.
Ever relieved not to experience the same.

Interesting thing in the papers. 75% of those polled reckon they'd take up arms to defend their soil.
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Old 25th Apr 2005, 11:14
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25th April 2005. 90th anniversary of the first landings at Gallipoli.

It is not only the ANZACS we remember today.

Our heroes of Gallipoli have passed into history along with all but the very last of their comrades from WWI. We remember those who remain forever in the valleys and ridges of Gallipoli, on the hills of Palestine and in the fields of France and Belgium. We remember those who lie in the desert at Bardia, Dema and Tobruk, in the mountain passes and olive groves of Greece and Crete and in the hills of Lebanon and Syria.

We remember those who are buried in the jungles of Malaya and Burma, in New Guinea and the islands of the Pacific and we remember those who fell on the soil of their own country in our own far north. We remember those who lie in unknown resting places in almost every land, those who met their fate in the air, and those whose grave is the sea.

Especially we remember those who died as prisoners of war, far from their homes and families and we remember all the brave men and women who died as a result of service in Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, the Gulf and Afghanistan. We remember all those service men and women fighting today in war-torn countries and pray for their safe return.



Lest We Forget.
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Old 25th Apr 2005, 11:34
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Days' done
Gone the sun
From the sea
From the hills
From the sky
All is well
Safely rest
God is nigh
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Old 25th Apr 2005, 13:03
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Australia sits at the lonely top of my list of admired nations and people. It is a culture of good-natured, fair-minded, fun-loving people whose home is a mystically beautiful land of wonder.

Australia has proven itself a faithful and constant ally since WWI, always doing more than her share to resolve problems the world has created for her, while creating none of her own. Virtually everyone in the world agrees: It's a pity there aren't more Australians.

God bless a great nation on this special day.

Respect and cheers to the Kiwis, too.
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