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.
- Dawn Service – the annual remembrance
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All over Australia and New Zealand, communities will gather around war memorials today to remember those who have died in military service. We will listen to a speech, we will watch the laying of wreaths, we will recite the Ode to the Fallen, and we will listen to the Last Post. We will watch those who survived, and those in service today, march to honour the dead. We will be reminded that such sacrifices should never be for unworthy causes.
- Gallipoli Cove – special pilgrimage
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- There’s been some mutterings this week about whether the growing Anzac Day event at Gallipoli Cove is beginning to overshadow the remembrance services here at home. Sounds like a beat-up to me – there’s a big difference between a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage and the annual remembrance in our own communities. There’s no reason at all that people can’t do both in a lifetime of honouring the sacrifice of those who served. Still, there are environmental considerations with the growing crowds: perhaps we need more encouraging of pilgrims to visit Anzac Cove at other times of year instead of only around Anzac Day.
- Coloured Diggers Project – overdue recognition
“We know that there’s just a huge number of Aboriginal people who fought overseas, (and) we want to make sure that we identify the tribal nation group that our people fought for,” organiser Ray Minniecon said.
Reg Saunders was one of the few publicly acknowledged indigenous soldiers in the Australian infantry. He was a career soldier and the first ever indigenous officer. Infamously, he was unable to buy a beer in a pub back here in Australia, and was never given a military pension. His relatives, and the relatives of other indigenous soldiers, are lobbying for a special memorial for indigenous soldiers, as their names are not included on many (most?) regional war memorials around the country.
Other special remembrances this year will be special services in Melbourne to mark the discovery of the sunken HMAS Sydney, in Picardy to mark the 90th anniversary of the liberation by Diggers of the French village of Villers-Bretonneux, and on the Queensland Gold Coast to mark the death of Trooper David Pierce in Afghanistan last year.
Lest We Forget.