Monday, April 25, 2011

For the Fallen - Our Anzacs...

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.

On this day, Anzac Day, we remember the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand, who fought for their country in WW1. The fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen", above, is read at 6pm every night in our Returned and Services Leagues clubs, followed by a minute's silence.

We will remember them.

Further reading here.


Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Lainie:
You have posted a wonderful image for this day. Strangely, we did not know that what we term 'Armistice Day' was remembered differently in Australia and New Zealand.

Within the UK the fallen of both World Wars is remembered at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when it is customary to observe two minutes' silence. The lines from Binyon's poem are usually read in church services on the Sunday nearest to the 11th. But you most likely know of this.

What is important, in our view, is that we continue to remember.

theoldboathouse said...

Beautiful post.

alaine@éclectique said...

Jane and Lance....Many thanks. We have two, Anzac Day on 25th April and Remembrance Day on 11th November, as your Armistice Day, remembering all servicemen from WW1 on.

We are attending a service in our town later on this morning and I expect a huge attendance as it coincides with Easter this year.

alaine@éclectique said...

theoldboathouse...thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. We've just returned from the service in town...I couldn't sing the anthem as I was too choked up! Take me to church or a ceremony and I just bawl! There was a good attendance and the scouts, fire brigade, Vic police and RSL members marched in.

steven said...

i'm thankful for the gifts left by the efforts of the servicemen and women! thanks for this post alaine. steven