THIS MORNING WE GATHER TO REMEMBER THE FALLEN
COMRADES IN ARMS TAKEN WHEN CALLEN
DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM OUR LOVED ONES AND HOME
FAR OVER THE SEA WHERE THE PINE STANDS ALONE
SO MANY ARE THERE UNDER FOREIGN SOIL
NO MORE IN OUR TERRA AUSTRALIS WILL TOIL
THEY GAVE US OUR MATESHIP OUR DIGGERS AND SMILE
OUR INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER STANDS OUT A MILE
SO WE GATHER EACH APRIL TO MARCH OUT WITH PRIDE
AND KNOW THAT THEIR SPIRIT STRIDES BY OUR SIDE
My great Uncle Alfred was an ANZAC
[as were several other members of my parent’s families]
But Alfred Gray (gardener) left us a legacy of his GREAT ADVENTURE < this JE has the links to the writings of my Great Uncle Alfred’s experiences at the front.
Please feel free to read them! … and remember …..
LEST WE FORGET!
ANZAC DAY the 90th anniversary of the time Australians became our own Nation
and stopped blindly following the Empire to be used as Nameless Cannon Fodder!
World War One
The GREAT War, the war to end all wars ….
we rallied and signed up in DROVES
all our young men went
Those rejected snuck back in / lied about age and illnesses and other things that disqualified them
and over there they were just battalion numbers
if the Aussie Officer didn’t know them they would never be known
The grave of the unknown soldier is so symbolic for this
and our ANZACS won the enemy’s respect!
and won us our Identity!
and our independence!
Lest We Forget!