Lest We Forget

Today we pause…two nations…Australia and New Zealand…proud of the ANZAC spirit forged on the battle fields of Gallipoli in 1915.

We honour the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice that we may live a life under democratic rule.

Men and women who in two world wars were prepared to stand up to tyrants…put their lives on the line to defend the right of our nations to enjoy the lifestyle we have today.

We Will Remember Them. 

Flanders Fields by John McCrae.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Published on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, under Latest News

2 Responses to “Lest We Forget”

  1. A lovely tribute Shirley. That poem is so moving.

    I hope you don't mind but I'm going to 'steal' your idea for a similar post on my blog.

    Have a nice day. 🙂

  2. Shirley Wine says:

    Not at all Julie. Anzac day is a day we've always held dear.
    Three of my mother's cousins died at Gallipoli and many of my uncles served in WWII. And we honour them.

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