Thursday 25 April 2013

ANZAC Day 2013

Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. We're absolutely blessed to live in safe, happy countries built in no small part on the willingness of our service men and women to give so much of themselves on the behalf of their fellow Aussies and Kiwis. If you have served or are serving now, thank you for your sacrifice, especially those who have made the ultimate one.

The Roll of Honour, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

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.



  1. Excellent post Millsy. We will remember them.

  2. Thank you for that, Millsy.

    I can't help but think of the curious historical and literary resonances of the Gallipoli Campaign, on the coast opposite Troy; this was not lost on the young men who sailed there in April 1915.

    Rupert Brooke, the celebrated war poet and officer in the Royal Naval Division, died on 23 April 1915 on the Aegean island of Skyros, two days before the landings, but one of his last poems survives in fragmentary form;

    "They say Achilles in the darkness stirred,
    And Hector, his old enemy,
    Moved the great shades that were his limbs. They heard
    More than Olympian thunder on the sea...

    "...And Priam and his fifty sons
    Wake all amazed, and hear the guns,
    And shake for Troy again."


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