Anzac Day

Today we pause…I heard The Last Post sounded,'Abide With Me' was sung,A hallowed peace surrounded,As every head was hung,And far beyond our native walls,Across the ocean waves,The shadow of remembrance fallsUpon the silent graves.

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. Several of my ancestors died at Gallipoli…. I salute you… you are gone but never forgotten. 

Thousands of brave New Zealand 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.

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Published on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, under Latest News

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