ANZAC DAY  

rm_MustangD6644 52M
1052 posts
4/24/2006 6:42 pm

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4/26/2006 4:25 pm

ANZAC DAY


Dawn 25 April 1915, Ships boats are towed and then rowed towards the Gallipoli Peninsula shore in the pre dawn light.

On board the whalers are men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, destined to create in the face of enemy fire of Turkish troops and guns, a legend of Courage, Mateship, Fair Play, Humour in Adversity, Improvisation, Self-Sacrifice and the Defence of Freedom, during the next eight bloody months on that sacred site.

They began the ANZAC Legend.

This Legend has grown with the price paid in lives; on the fields and in the skies of France in WW1. It grew further with the efforts after WW1 from the "Diggers" looking after their mates who didn't return and their families, looking after those who did return, but who were unfit for work, and looking after those who did return and needed a place to talk with others "in the know" about what went on "over there".

World War Two saw Australians in action or preparing for action right around the world, and for the first time preparing to defend home soil from attack and the threat of invasion.
On the ground, in the air and at sea in nearly every theatre of war, Australians were there.

Occupation of Japan; we were there.

Korea; we were there.

VietNam; we were there.

Gulf 1 and Gulf 2; we were there.

Peace Keeping; Name just about any hot spot around the globe requiring UN Peace Keepers since the end of WW11 and Australians have been there as individuals or groups.

Today the tradition continues and with the very recent death of a soldier in Iraq we continue to pay the price of freedom, because we know what it is like to be "young and free" and we wish for others to be able to experience that as well.

As a former Australian Army Reservist [twice] I have worn the uniform and I know the cost involved in being able to call yourself or a mate a "Digger".

Your attitude towards many things changes after learning to "Salute The Flag" at Dawn "Stand To" and at Dusk "Stand To" when in camp and when having to "Stand To" at dawn or dusk when manning a gun pit.

Today is a sacred day, not to commemorate or glorify war, but to remember the fallen, and the price of freedom.

Mustang

TTigerAtty 63M

4/25/2006 7:56 am

The people of Australia have always been a friend of Americans. Our two countries have been allies in many world conflicts, always attempting to advance freedom from oppression and defend freedom loving people around the globe. Thanks for your friendship. Thanks for the friendship of your government. And thanks for the sacrifices so many Australians have made to defend the world against evil. Your brave fallen countrymen deserve our respect!


rm_MustangD6644 52M
1031 posts
4/25/2006 3:47 pm

Thanks TT although I will point out that we do have our differences of opinion and on the battlefield, differences of technique, at the end of the day we are still mates. This is something that our enemies habitually overlook to their ultimate cost.

Mustang


TTigerAtty 63M

4/26/2006 7:03 am

Yep, well said! When the chips are down and it really matters, we'll be there for you guys and I know you'll be with us!


rm_MustangD6644 52M
1031 posts
4/26/2006 4:25 pm

Damn Straight TT.

Mustang


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