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In remembrance - ANZAC day - 4/25/2014


Tomas

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This day, 25 April, is the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in 1915.
 
My great-grandfathers and grandfathers fought in both wars; at Gallipoli, on the Western Front, in the Battle of Britain, and in the Pacific theatre. They returned home, but many of their comrades did not. Thousands of New Zealanders and our Australian cousins gave their lives in service of the Allies. On this day, we remember them and honour the sacrifice they made.
 
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.

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In Flanders Fields

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by John McCrae, May 1915

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lest we forget.

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What a touching tribute.  

 

How soon the rest of us forget what the soldiers go through when fighting a battle.  However, those that were there, especially the wounded, carry those memories with them forever and have to continually cope with the ramifications.  I hope that this might inspire some to reach out to those still dealing with these lingering emotional after-effects.  It is the reason we must never forget the lasting struggles a war can bring.  Sometimes we need to fight, but we should never go to war unless it is totally justified.  

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