Anzac Day

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 06:13
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To all the Veterans and their loved ones.


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.

One of the times I wish I was home.

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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 06:38

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 06:38
Lest We Forget

Russell Coight:
He was presented with a difficult decision: push on into the stretching deserts, or return home to his wife.

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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 07:37

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 07:37
ANZAC Day
By: D. Hunter
(A veteran of Shaggy Ridge with the 2/12 Battalion in WW2)

I saw a kid marchin’ with medals on his chest.
He marched alongside Diggers marching six abreast.
He knew that it was ANZAC Day - he walked along with pride.
He did his best to keep in step with the Diggers by his side.

And when the march was over the kid was rather tired.
A Digger said “Whose medals, son?” to which the kid replied:
“They belong to daddy, but he did not come back.
He died up in New Guinea on a lonely jungle track”.

The kid looked rather sad then and a tear came to his eye.
The Digger said “Don’t cry my son and I will tell you why.
Your daddy marched with us today - all the blooming way.
We Diggers know that he was there - it’s like that on ANZAC Day”.

The kid looked rather puzzled and didn’t understand,
But the Digger went on talking and started to wave his hand.
“For this great land we live in, there’s a price we have to pay
For we all love fun and merriment in this country where we live.
The price was that some soldier his precious life must give.

For you to go to school my lad and worship God at will,
Someone had to pay the price so the Diggers paid the bill.
Your daddy died for us my son - for all things good and true.
For God, Queen and Australia! I wonder if you understand the things I’ve said to you”.

The kid looked up at the Digger - just for a little while
And with a changed expression, said, with a lovely smile:
“I know my dad marched here today - this is ANZAC Day.
I know he did. I know he did, all the bloomin’ way”.

Lest we Forget.
Ian




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Reply By: below sea level - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 08:13

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 08:13
Lest we forget.

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Reply By: Member - Fred G NSW - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 09:09

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 09:09
Dennis, we'll embrace you within our ranks as we march today. You'll be there in spirit I am sure.Image Could Not Be Found

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Follow Up By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 20:26

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 20:26
Thanks very much, Fred, for the kind thoughts.
I came home on the last trip the Sydney did out of there.
12 long days when I all wanted was to get home.
Greatest memories... the beer issue in 26 oz. cans, the ice cream machine, real spuds and the beautiful steaks.
Learning how to sleep in a hammock was interesting fun.

Cheers,
Dennis

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 21:11

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 21:11
Aahh great memories there Dennis. (Except for the hammocks!!)
God speed, and a safe return home.

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Reply By: Member - Yogibob - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:47

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 14:47
Dennis

Cheers and a safe return

Bob

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Follow Up By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 20:27

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 20:27
Thanks Bob.
Looking forward to it.

Cheers,
Dennis

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Reply By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:46

Saturday, Apr 25, 2009 at 15:46
Lest We Forget

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Reply By: Member - Jan B (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:39

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 17:39
Also thanks guys great memories also, did 1 trip on the vung tau
ferry 69 then escort 72 Torrens,was a cook well i did try.
the 26oz cans if i remember where Reches Pilsner hmmmmmm
did the march in melbourne yesterday where a few short to well we is getting older.
Any of you guys going over the west next year for the Leeuwin
shipdig and booze up jrsreunione its on the follows thw oz get together so ive got 4 reunions cooks one as well.
I Peter, Jans other half ok guys have fun and good memories oh yes theres a few good books out there on the old girl.

Cheers Peter and Jan
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:36

Sunday, Apr 26, 2009 at 18:36
Did you look to the ABC site Dennis, I thought it looked and worked well. Great interviews with Michael Cosgrove too, with some analysis of the landing.

It works particularly well with Google Earth 5 too.

Go to the Gallipoli Site it is fantastic

Cheers,
Who?
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