Anzac Day – Lest We Forget

It is hard for those of us who are the 1st Gen of our family to reside in either Australia or New Zealand to fully grasp the realities of the impact the wars of the 20th Century have had on the more established population. In the UK Remberance Sunday is more engrained but is becoming more and more distant, even with the losses in Ulster, the Falkands, Iraq and the ‘Stan.

Of my family only my grand uncle (the the best of my knowledge) ever  met with ANZAC troops and he was a POW in Java. As to who did what in the great war no one seems to remember.

Over the years the sands of time lessen the grief and change the meaning of the sacrifices of those young men and women who left our shore to the beat of the Empires drum. Our enemies now are our friends and allies and many of our friends are now borderline enemies. It so fitting that I place here Mustafa Kemal Ataturks speech regarding Gallipoli. It never fails to grip me.

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us, where they lie, side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosum and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well.”

Lest We Forget

One Response to “Anzac Day – Lest We Forget”

  1. Guru Bob Says:

    Watched a fantastic doco on The Somme the other night – ridiculously late on the ABC – scary and sad stuff – something like 30,000 tommies died in one morning. Makes today’s little skirmishes look more like the days of empire – although they were also in the Kybher Pass…

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