Thursday, April 25, 2013

Anzac Day.....



A Tribute to ANZAC Day
With their hair a little whiter, their step not quite so sure
Still they march on proudly as they did the year before.
Theirs were the hands that saved us, their courage showed the way
Their lives they laid down for us, that we may live today.
From Gallipoli's rugged hillsides, to the sands of Alamein
On rolling seas and in the skies, those memories will remain.
Of airmen and the sailors, of Lone Pine and Suvla Bay
The boys of the Dardenelles are remembered on this day.
They fought their way through jungles, their blood soaked desert sands
They still remember comrades who rest in foreign lands.
They remember the siege of old Tobruk, the mud of the Kokoda Trail
Some paying the supreme sacrifice with courage that did not fail.
To the icy land of Korea, the steamy jungles of Vietnam
And the heroic battle of Kapyong and that epic victory at Long Tan.
Fathers, sons and brothers, together they fought and died
That we may live in peace together, while at home their mothers cried.
When that final bugle calls them to cross that great divide
Those comrades will be waiting when they reach the other side.
Ken Bunker
The State War Memorial above is the venue for the Dawn Service, the beginning of a full program of events (see link) planned each year on the 25th April for Anzac Day..It'll be an early start this morning, around 4.30am, watching the sun come up over the city while the bugle plays The Last Post followed by a silence and the Reveille and joining thousands of other Perthites to honour the Anzacs is a memorable experience..and thankfully it won't be raining, just 'dewing' heavily :) Have a good Thursday, take care and stay safe.....

35 comments:

  1. A wonderful and beautiful memorial, Grace! Terrific captures and words for the day! We all owe these men in both our countries so much! Never forget! Hope your week is going well!

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  2. Never forget! Great post, Grace.

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  3. The memorial looks to be in a lovely peaceful spot Grace - just right! I hope that you have a good Anzac day.

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  4. Sincere thanks to the most reliable allies of the Good! Your heart and sacrifices made the world a better place for all!

    Aloha

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  5. The daylight photo is stunning, Grace, with those clouds...

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  6. A beautiful way to remember all who served - both captures are amazing. I'd never read that poem before, very lovely, thank you for sharing that.

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  7. That is a very moving poem to go with your two wonderful photographs for today. Have a great day!

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  8. We entered Carnarvon in 1995, unknowing (shame on us!) and Woolworth was closed.
    All citizens were in town, taking part in the parade, just us few tourists cheering.
    Cheering a lot.
    It´s good you have Anzac-Day, wish we had something positive like that (my parents were kids, my Dad´s Father managed to not participate, yet at age 14 I was supoosed to say I am sorry for what I did to the Jewish people.
    It should never ever be forgotten or forgiven but generations who really... aww.)
    War... what is it good for, huh?
    Sad and and also kinda good there are people who risk their lifes to safe those who can´t defend themselves.
    Love the pic. King´s Park is a great place. Gotta publish the magnet I got there! And no, no flowers/plants!

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  9. Really nice photos, Grace. And with no disrespect intended, I couldn't help but think you maybe needed a "prozac" day rather than an Anzac day...hope you're feeling better!

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  10. Hi again. I wanted to answer your question about the prices of homes in Brownwood. I think that Brownwood would reflect the same price structure as other homes in The Villages. Some areas contain very large homes which cost over $1 million. Other areas are comprised of villas or townhomes and run as low as about $175,000. Many are modest homes priced in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.

    And the place is still growing. Ten years ago there was just one downtown (Spanish Springs) and maybe 20,000 people. Now there are over 80,000 residents and three downtowns. I'd guess there must be 35-40 golf courses or more. The Villages has spread over an area - about 6 miles wide and 15-20 miles in length.

    I wouldn't want to live there but we enjoy visiting!

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  11. Very good thoughts and very good pictures.

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  12. Sometimes freedom must be high price of many lives. Honor the fallen! Sadly, there are still many countries without freedom. Obelisk is a decent place. Good reverent place. Nice to Thursdays. Petr.

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  13. We were speaking to our family in Torquay and they have a service there too very early in the morning. Lovely posting, Grace.

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  14. Beautiful tribute Grace and its not raining over our side of the country either.
    Rain at the Dawn Services casts such a raw sadness. And you're right "memorable experience" is an apt description of a Dawn Service.
    x

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  15. Just the right setting for a monument! I'd love to see it for myself.

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  16. Thanks for sharing the history of ANZAC, Grace. Interesting and great photos.

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  17. Great light on this monument! An important day to remember.

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  18. It has to have one of the best locations for a war memorial of any Australian city.

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  19. Your nighttime shot is fantastic. and the daytime shot really shows what a beautiful location this memorial is in.

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  20. You have educated me once again, Fair Grace!

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  21. what a lovely tribute to your veterans and the fallen from many wars!

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  22. You prepared a fabulous article, a beautiful tribute!Enjoy the day!
    Léia

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  23. What a beautiful poetry! Great tribute to great Men!

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  24. The memorial is in a beautiful location, and of course Kings Park is the best! Thanks to all that fought so that we could enjoy the freedom we have!

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  25. Love that night shot of the memorial Grace. Anzac Day is such a moving day.

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  26. Clever and meaningful contrast between dark and light.

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  27. What a nice way to start the tribute so early with the bugle an seeing the sun rising. Must be very touching.

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  28. Great post and photos,Grace!Have a nice daY!

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  29. beautiful remembrance post, Grace

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  30. Lovely tribute and great night shot!

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