Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lest We Forget

Today is April 25th. Today is ANZAC Day. Today we pause to remember the fallen.

ANZAC Day is a day where both Australia and New Zealand take time every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought so very bravely at Gallipoli in World War 1. Over the years, it has become a time of reflection and remembrance for those who have lost their lives in wars all over the world.

My last two years of high school were at a military school in England. We had our own parade for Remembrance Day. Every year that I lived in Victoria, I went to the Remembrance Day services with my dad. November 11th was a day that was very important to me. And so now is ANZAC Day in my new country.

They shall not grow 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.

I still pause for thought on November 11th and will continue to attend ANZAC services on April 25th.

Regardless of your views on the various wars in our past, the ones we are currently fighting and the ones that will inevitably be part of our future; Forgetting the myriad of reasons why our men and women are fighting overseas; Leaving aside the politics of it all - it is important that we remember the ones who have never come home and support the ones that are still there...doing their jobs.

I have friends who have been deployed to Iraq from the UK. My cousin did a tour in Afghanistan from Canada. He, thankfully, made it home to us but many did not...including some of his friends.

I ask that you please put aside your thoughts on the moralities and intricacies of the wars being fought and instead remember those who lost their lives and the loves ones they left behind.

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I'd also like to take a minute to offer my thoughts to the families of the 3 NZ Air Force members who lost their lives when their Iroquois helicopter went down in the early hours of this morning on its way to an ANZAC service. May they Rest In Peace.

**Update** I have just read that the fourth person from the crash has also died. My thoughts go out to their family members too.

***UPDATE #2*** Turns out someone, somewhere, screwed up. The fourth person did NOT die. He is expected to recover, but has a long road ahead of him. Hope the person who wrote the article that said he'd died has issued an apology!

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Girl Spawn had the honour of marching in the ANZAC Parade and being part of the service down at the cenotaph. She is a member of the St. John Ambulance Youth. She was very proud to be out there.


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