“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 centenary celebration of the Gallipoli landings, the ANZAC legend was created.
Big shoes to fill – something I personally feel has been more than adequately met by subsequent generations. Especially the latest round of deployments in what is defined as less than total war situations faced by our troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
I was fortunate to be able to catch up with old mates, and take my daughter along to her first ANZAC service.
It’s a time to reminisce about the sacrifice of my regimental ancestors, the sacrifices made by our service members to our great nation, and to catch up with old mates and reinforce our bonds of mateship.
Unlike other nations, we here in Australia aren’t celebrating a great battle won. The Turkish Army inflicted severe casualties upon the ANZAC force, and eventually made the beach-head area untenable to hold. The Gallipoli Campaign was actually a bad loss for us – in our vernacular, we got our backsides badly kicked by Johnny Turk.
We commemorate this defeat to remember the “Big Words” of duty, sacrifice and mateship.
Lest we forget.
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