April 25th is Anzac Day, the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing during WWI in 1915. Anzac day is a day of commemoration and reflection, when Australians and New Zealanders remember all who served and died in war and conflict. The spirit of the Anzac and the qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have much meaning to Australians and each year the attendance at Anzac services across the nation increases.
My Grandfather Charlie fought in WWII, as children we listened to his stories and laughed at his adventures although many I cannot recall. I can remember he and my Nanna coming to Australia for the Sydney Anzac Day march when we were children, it was the only time that he came to Australia and we were so proud to see our Grandfather (on television) marching. My Grandfather passed away in the early nineties, the funeral was huge with many of his surviving army buddies in attendance and his coffin covered in poppies. Today I remember him and all those who fought to preserve our freedom.
Lest we forget.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Written by Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)