Lest we forget.
Today is a very important day for all Aussies and Kiwis as it's ANZAC day! ANZAC stands for Australian, New Zealand Army Crops and today is the day that we all remember the men and women that served our country in the 1st and 2nd world wars, but is also starting to recognise those that have also fought in the middle east as of late.
Aussies in every town and city get together and either march in a ceremonious fashion with their fallen relatives medals and remember their sacrifice for our nation. We often will then celebrate at a local pub with a game of "two up" and a cold beer. Another tradition is to bake ANZAC biscuits/cookies and wear a sprig of rosemary (which helps us to remember) or a red poppy which has become a symbol of war remembrance around the world.
War is an awful part of our world but in the midst of sadness and pain there is always beauty and joy to be found. The sun was shining in Sydney today and everyone in the march and watching on and were all thoroughly enjoying themselves and proud to be a part of it as well as being Australian. My husband went to a school where they played the pipes and drums and each year he and 100 other "old boys" (past students) of the band get together and march in the city playing tunes like waltzing matilda and flower of scotland.
This is a pic of my husband on the right with a tenor drum and my son 5 (who just loves wearing a kilt). My husband is profoundly deaf but can play the tenor drum by feel of the vibration. The band played so well and I was so proud of them all.
Lest we forget...