ANZAC'S

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:36
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Having missed going to the local dawn service to give thank's to our fallen & present Heroe's,as all of them were/are. I watched on Sunrise this mornig the service from Kokoda & was very moved as i alway's am , to remember what these Anzac's did for us & still doing now.We often take for granted what they have fought for & gave to us that are left our freedom to enjoy thi Great country.Thank's again to all you Great Digger's.Bob.
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Reply By: Members-Neil & Margie-Cairns - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:42

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:42
Here Here , well said Bob ,, when we look around , i just wish there were a lot more who thought along these lines , there seems to be far to much rot creeping into our values these days ..

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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:54

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 07:54
Neil,your'e right ,not having been in the armed forces myself ,if it had not been for these Heroe's of men & women we probably would not have what we have TODAY. Bob.
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Reply By: Member - greg S (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:09

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:09
I'm with you on this Bob. We should all remember what our digger's have given us. Unfortunately a lot of people don't give a rats.
Like you I was also moved as I watched the ANZAC service at Kokoda( Don't tell the missus that I had tears). My Grandfather was an Army Sargeant in the second world war and I walked with him and 2 of his mates (only 3 left in their group) in Sydney a couple of years ago and was hoping to get back down there this year. It was an emotional experience and one that I will never forget.

To all our Servicemen and Women, past and present, We thank You for your sacrifice.

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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:29

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:29
Hi Greg yes it can get emotional &i agree wth what you are also saying,& nothing wrong showing the wife you have emotional side as well,Cheer's Bob.
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Reply By: Utemad - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:16

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:16
I went to our local service this morning and it was packed. Not a parking spot for blocks in any direction. I have not missed this service in 19 years and I'm only 26. I remember it was quite a small service only as far back as 5 years ago.
I am very happy that it is gaining popularity with the community.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:37

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:37
Hi Utemad,good to see the comitment in you're community & from you as well should be more of it & not just another public holiday.The media are doing a great job in that the keep re- minding us of all ages, about the Anzacs & the other war's where we had so many fighting for Australia,Cheer's Bob.
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:51

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 08:51
Always a very big day in Birdsville. Very emotional day for me - the more so the older I get. Both my Grandfathers were at Gallipoli and badly wounded, my Mother was Navy during WWII and my father was in Changi as a prisoner-of-war. I am so pleased to see the huge increase in participation by the general public each year and in the last few years the Queensland Education Dept. has been (again) teaching the primary children about he meaning of Anzac. We have 10 children in our school (this year) but every year the children read the Remembrance Prayer at our Service after the March. This year we have 20 Army personnel from the Oakey Army Aviation Base to perform special duties as our Old Soldier on the top of our Memorial is to be Dedicated by "Sully, the Desert Fox", - Ron O'Sullivan, former 2/9th POW (Germany).
(Later today they play two-up still).
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:48

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:48
Hi Ruth,good to hear the participation in the Outback is active as well (should not be doubted).I think most school's react this way for Anzac Day , i remember when i was at school many moon's ago having been taught about it ,as i said in the follow up above the media is doing a good job here.Shhh two up illegal is it not!!.Thank's for the reply & i will get out there to see you one day soon,& hope you get some rain as well,Regard's Bob.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:08
Bob, old Sully found two pennies in his box especially to play the game - they were before pennies had the kangaroo on them and dated, 1933 and 1936.
Great day was had by all - those who could speak said so. LOL
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Reply By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 09:36

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 09:36
Lest we forget......
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:50

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:50
Hi Ro-dah-o, well put have a good'n, Bob.
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Reply By: Patrol22 - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:08

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:08
Agree entirely. I often wonder however why this deep appreciation of what our sailors, soldiers and airmen/women have done and continue to do is not translated into sufficient numbers of young people turning up at recruiting offices and commiting to a couple or more years of service. After doing 32 years in the Navy, I can certainly affirm that the work is always interesting, the training is nothing short of outstanding and the friendships are for a lifetime. If you have a young person in your family can I recommend that you discuss a career in one of the Services.....it's not for everyone but it certainly worth considering in the context of what one would like to do with the rest of their lives.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:57

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:57
G'day Pete, alo of the young are afraid of joining the services as they do not like to be diciplined,& they are not wanting to go into war as is now over sea's.I don't remember ever as a teenager ever talking about joining any of the services from my parent's or at High School,.Cheer's Bob.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 11:12

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 11:12
Yeah you may be right Bob...but while there is a strong discipline base to Service life it is not so much organisational but more driven by one's own view of what is right and wrong....and of course the peer group is not slow in reminding you that you may have step out of line. Most Aussies have a values-based approach to life and life in the military is no different. I have a lot of faith in the young people of today to do the right thing. They just need a bit of guidance and access to the right information and I'm certain they'll make the right decisions. After all us 'hippies' of the '60s turned out all right didn't we?

Enjoy the day.

Cheers
PEte
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Reply By: Mr Fawlty - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:27

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:27
I watched a bit of the service from Kokoda, Kochie did us proud... I can't go to the services or march ... I just get to emotional & overwhelmed. My Grandson wanted to see my medals this morning, even that bought tears to my eyes. Trouble is it (ANZAC Day) is being used now as a means of gaining commercial advantage and the pollies love it. Heard a girl on the radio the other day bemoaning the fact that the RSL had carte blanche and she was "upset" that they did not see the "tourism" potential...I think she may have missed the point of the day.
Knocks my socks of though to see so many of you who are not Veterans expressing such valued thoughts...
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Follow Up By: Member - John Q (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:32

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:32
here here, Mr Fawlty
just crusin & smelling the flowers

1. At Halls Creek (Is he really lost?)
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:29

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 10:29
Agree entirely Bob. A debt we can never repay. Good to see so many of the younger generation taking a real interest. Without their participation it will lose a lot of it's significance.

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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 11:01

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 11:01
Thank's for the replies guy's all is good,Have a great day,Bob.
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Reply By: Member - Bruce and Anne - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 11:34

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 11:34
My first ANZAC day here in Nanango and what a nice surprise, lots of people at the dawn service and heaps more at the parade. They evan had the ADF there a mixed group of Army, Navy and Air Force on parade, they looked great and at the end of the ceremony an F1 11 blasted over head. Being an ex digger may me feel real proud.
Cheers Bruce
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Reply By: Bros 1 - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 18:22

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 18:22
ZUKSCOOTERX90.
One of my ambitions is to attend a dawn service at Gallipoli. It would be a very moving experience. My dad served in New Guinea. Totally concur with all sentiment expressed above.
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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 20:58

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 20:58
Bros1 that would be very moving i would expect & now they have stopped all the alcahol ,loud music & other sh*t the spirit's can again rest in peace. av a good'n, Bob.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:11

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:11
I am so glad they banned all that stuff - I watched the Service on ABC about midday and was impressed. Have a nephew over there visiting - am looking forward to hearing his views. Bros1, I'm aiming to go in 2008. By gee, it looked very vold there this morning.
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Follow Up By: tim the enchanter - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:40

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:40
howdy,
yes it does get cold, but well worth it. my advice would be to get there a few days early, or plan a few days after to take it all in before the hoardes arrive.. still a very moving experience regardless
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Follow Up By: Bros 1 - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 23:05

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 23:05
Yeah. a box of tissues or a pocket full of hankies would be the go with me.
Cheers,
Bros.
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Reply By: Jo and Mark - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:32

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:32
We had Dave and Tammy follow us today in their L/C taking the back way to O'Reillys national park via Duck Creek Road.. Felt bad as we drove past an army truck and jeep of veterans who had broken down, they had it under control, but I felt so bad for them and hoped they wouldn't missed their reunion get together.

Jo
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Reply By: Brett_B - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:59

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 21:59
I don't miss the local service, I make sure my kids join me, the sounding of the last post always triggers emotions.

Lest we forget

Brett
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Reply By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:05

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:05
We were travelling through Avoca this morning and decided to stop and attend the service. Was great to see the local attendance at a healthy level with lots of kids there. As it is held in the main street, it was dissapointing to see others passing through town without slowing down and some seemed to even be speeding up the street. They planted a pine tree from a decendant of the famous tree at Lone Pine having lost the previous one to the drought.
Long Live the memory of the ANZACS
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:36

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:36
Spent the weekend with a group of friends at Davies Plain Hut.

One of the blokes had come prepared with a telescopic flag pole and the appropriate tracks recorded and did a very moving dawn service at about -2 deg C in the High Country. One I'll remember for the rest of my life.

It's worth remembering what they all have done for us. Distant Past to recent past.

Dave
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Reply By: bigcol - Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:44

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006 at 22:44
My Grandfather fought in Europe during WW1 .
You don't realise how tough it was till you read the military records.
He spent half the time he was over there in hospitals wounded or terribly ill.
He died in 1973 when i was 10 and i can still remember the limp from where one leg was shorter than the other after nearly having it blown off and the breathing problems he had from being gassed.
He was lucky he lived to have a family , some paid the ultimate sacrifice.
We owe a huge debt to our service men and women.
We wouldn't have the lifestyle we have today if it weren't for their heroic efforts.
Strange coincidence was one of his doctors carried the same surname that one of his daughters married. It was my mother.

Lest we forget
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Reply By: Member - bushfix - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:17

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:17
well,

good to see a better response here than was given last year. was very disheartened indeed at the lack of comment to the sole ANZAC posting.

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lest we forget.

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Follow Up By: ZUKSCOOTERX90(QLD-MEMBER) - Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:41

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2006 at 08:41
Bushfix ,I too am happy of the responses . I was not on this site last year , not that this was the reason. I don't even want to try & explain just happy that people here can vent their feeling's . That's why i started the post .(my thought's) Cheer's Bob.
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