Anzac Day 2011, Bannockburn

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Apr 252012
 
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Today is Anzac Day, early this morning before the sun rose above the horizon people all over New Zealand flocked to their local War Memorial of Cenotaph to remember the fallen, the brave souls that gave their lives in the protection of our way of life. We all owe these men a huge debt of gratitude. Don't get me wrong the idea of war in any form is a terrible, wasteful thing and nobody wants to glorify it but sometimes things just need to be done.
Each year at the service I usually go to and around the country the words of John McCrae are remembered:

 

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.

 

Poignant words that should make us think……………
This can NEVER be allowed to happen again!

 

 

They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them or the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them,
We will remember them.

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  2 Responses to “Anzac Day 2011, Bannockburn”

  1. so many lives, on all sides, so much potential lost. Hands that should have been loved, given love, or supported those who needed it were instead lost. We make our choices in life, we choose to allow war, we choose to seek peace in our lives.

  2. Well seen, Ferg. We all have relatives or friends who were there . . . It is now losing those older ones (the 80 and 90 year olds) that also hurts when those who can tell the stories are no longer here. I look at the hands of the men and women who are still here and they grip each other so strongly. Trying not to remember but doing so anyway

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