OT--Australian's around the world today stopped to pay homage to the so many young Australian's that lost their lives in a British Empire conflict so far away 100 years ago.
To many it is when Australia came of age.
In NZ it was similar Bob except we honour the New Zealanders and the Australians who died together. After all thats what ANZAC means.
BOB,ALWAYS CHECK YOUR SPEECHES WITH ME BEFORE YOU FAUX PAS AGAIN, REMEMBER I AM FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER & KNOW BETTER. OUR KIWI COUSINS ARE SENSITIVE PEOPLE & YOU MAY CAUSE AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT, IT'S JUST NOT CRICKET OR RUGBY.SIGNED YOUR MOST DIPLOMATIC SERVANT
A lot of significant anniversaries are coming up in the next three years, Bob. Canada's "coming of age" took place two years later at the battle of Vimy Ridge (where my grandmother's younger brother was killed).
A friend posted this link on Facebook today:
lol Nice one Doug. There were some brilliant services held and heaps more people in attendance than normal, probably due to the 100th year.
I havent heard of the battle of Vimmy Ridge Dick so I will look it up, thanks for posting this.
I attended the memorial dawn service in my home town where there were record numbers attending. Following that we went for a T Tour up into the local mountain range. I managed to break a left rear wheel but it was replaced and I managed to drive home. Thanks to Frank Vanekeran for the loan of the rear wheel form his workshop spares.
Kevin, here is a link you might find informative:
This is my Great-Uncle Miller's grave in France. I was the first family member to visit it in 1961. I have been back several times.
Thanks Dick, very interesting reading.
My Grandfathers young brother stole my Grandfathers birth cert and joined the army because he was under age. Lured by the marketing and hype and only lasted 7 months before being killed in Belgium.
The Grave Stone marks his death in 1915 even though Grandad lived into 1980's. Attempts to get this addressed have so far failed.
During my working career the company I worked for did business, for which I was responsible, with the Australian Army Signal Corps.
I had the honor of attending early morning ANZAC services in Canberra at Russell Offices. Very impressive with Tweety Bird watching over us.
The very early morning drink at the Officers Club was a bit much!
Ron the Coilman
Very good Kevin. I wonder if they gave recognition to the Brits-French-Indians-Canadians?
At the Anzac service do you mean Bob? not usually as they arent part of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) celebration but in general they are mentioned. The worst part is the Aussies, Kiwi's, and all other less fashionable people were often used as canon fodder by the British.
Such a waste.
Ron, the "tweety bird" you mention is also fondly called "bugs bunny on a stick" by the older Canberran's.
Anzac day was a very special day for me.
I was part of a select group of about 100 who attended a "Dawn Service" on top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Kirribilli RSL sub branch and "Bridgeclimb" jointly organised the event to mark the centenary of Anzac and Sandy and I were invited along to represent Moruya sub branch. (All the granite on the bridge came from my little town, which is 300 kms away).
It was a very special event for me as I wore not just my own medals, but my fathers WWII medals (worn for the 1st time anywhere) and my grandfathers from WWI. We started the climb in total darkness, but at the top, the sunrise was fittingly spectacular. It was a day in my life I shall never forget.
Sounds brilliant Rob
God bless all the brave souls who fought & died for their country for the cause of freedom.