Anzac Day / Military Rememberance
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24-04-2015, 08:58 AM
Anzac Day / Military Rememberance
Anzac day today. Anzac refers the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and ANZAC day dates back to the world war one and the Gallipoli campaign to invade what is now Turkey. This was one of the first major engagements by troops from these here colonies.

Anzac day has becomes the national day of recognition for military service in Australia. My grandfathers both fought in world war two. On my mother's side Granddad was captured by Japanese forces and served time as a POW. Although he lived to a relatively mature age he eventually died of afflictions he picked up during that time.

Australia's forays into war began in a period where romantic notions of battle were already subsiding the west. We don't really have a national sense of good wars fought and won, or glorious battles. Rather I think we tend towards an acceptance of the inevitability of war and a commitment to play or part - whatever that means.

I think this piece by Eric Bogle is a fair summary of how many Australians view the world wars, at least the first war. I don't think I have anything specifically appropriate to world war two.




This piece from Redgum covers perhaps a universal feeling towards the Vietnam war.




There are a few Australianisms in these songs, translations are available on request Wink

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24-04-2015, 09:31 AM
RE: Anzac Day / Military Rememberance
This references both World Wars





They told all the fine young men,
"Ah, when this war is over,
There will be peace,
And the peace will last forever."
In Flanders Fields,
At Lone Pine and Bersheeba,
For king and country,
Honour and for duty,
The young men fought and cursed and wept and died.

They told all the fine young men,
"Ah, when this war is over,
In your country's grateful heart
We will cherish you forever."
Tobruk and Alamein,
Bhuna and Kokoda,
In a world mad with war,
Like their fathers before,
The young men fought and cursed and wept and died.

For many of those fine young men
All the wars are over,
They've found their peace,
It's the peace that lasts forever.
When the call comes again,
They will not answer,
They're just forgotten bones,
Lying far from their homes,
Forgotten as the cause for which they died.
Ah, Bluey, can you see now why they lied?

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24-04-2015, 09:54 AM
RE: Anzac Day / Military Rememberance
And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.
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