Lest we forget.

Last Update: April 25, 2015

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...

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KatieMac Premium
It is good to remember all those throughout the world who strife to bring peace and freedom to us all...
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Busy Bee Premium
Hi Amber, yes we must remember those who gave their lives so we can have freedom, my Dad went to the Second World War, many never came back home. Thanks for reminding us of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. It is amazing how deaf people "hear" what’s doing on. Your son is really pleased to be standing there with Dad.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Thanks for stopping by Busy Bee, yes you hit the nail on the head..."many never came back home" so so sad.
My son loved the parade :o)
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dunbar Premium
Hi Amber thanks for the blog we celebrated in our small town today to. my grandfather and his brother both fought in ww1 pop survived but unfortunately his brother didnt. it was such a great turnout. we went to the dawn service and were lucky to get a seat such a lovely tribute great blog cheers Helen
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AmberSubaki Premium
Glad you got to go to the dawn service, must of been a very moving time for you...
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dunbar Premium
it certainly was cheers Helen
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dickw Premium
Hi Amber,
That was a really neat blog and you Aussies have one terrific country. It is always a nice thing to see the folks support the troops. I know first hand because I was one--USAF--in Vietnam. We had a few bubbleheads over here that didn't appreciate the military but those who could think, did, and that meant a lot.
Cute kid. Hope he never sees the battlefield..........Dick
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AmberSubaki Premium
Well done and thank you too soldier...and yes, I hope my son never sees war first hand either.
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Browjack5 Premium
Great Amber, ANZAC Day (Australian New Zealand Army Corp.) is very special indeed, my father served in the NZ army in Korea and was part of the occupational forces in Japan, he is turning 90 this year, my Grandfather was in Egypt. It is so interesting that my Dad has never told my sister or my self much about what he did, but I have two sons and he has talked to them about his experiences. Take care and thanks for your post, you have a beautiful family.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Thank you for your lovely comments :o)
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jr99 Premium
Great post Amber ! Lest we forget indeed !

JR
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
I am with you
I too served. Dessert shield and storm.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Blessings and thank you to you dear soldier
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
Air-force, i was.

I learned alot about mi-self from that.
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
I only hope that the powers that be will learn from history and do not repeat the dont repeat the dumb mistakes of time.
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AmberSubaki Premium
I'm sure you would of...
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whitsunday Premium
T'was a lovely and moving day. We went to dawn service at Balmain
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sschmidt Premium
We will remember them ...
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Christabelle Premium
What a wonderful remembrance! It is important that we not forget those who have fought for our freedom, and especially those who sacrificed their lives for that freedom! It is important to remember to cherish the freedom that so many have valued, enough to fight to maintain that freedom for their countries! Your husband and son look grand!
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AmberSubaki Premium
So true Christabelle and many thanks :o)
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Christabelle Premium
You're welcome! :)
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CRawlings Premium
I love what you wrote here. It is what I wanted to say for this post.
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TheCatherine Premium
i remember going to Albany in the 80's on Anzac day with my Anzac biscuits and a beer. Many of the the men who fought left from Albany . I went to see Gollipolli in the 1970's and you will be pleased to know that then it was immaculate, so well kept and beautiful flowers everywhere, the locals have not forgotten the sacrifice of the Anzacs
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AmberSubaki Premium
Would love to go there one day...my father was born and raised in Turkey too
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TheCatherine Premium
it is a sight to see.
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marant Premium
May God bless the ANZAC forces and their families and loved ones as you remember those who have fallen!
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Judy-B Premium
We should never forget. Thanks for sharing a picture of your family, very nice. :)
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ShirleyWoon Premium
We used to call this "Poppy Day" in remembrance of the fallen. The RAAF had a base in my country and their presence were well known after WWll, but they all had to return to Aussie land.

Your family looks so grand and distinguished Amber, and your little boy is so cute. You have every right to be proud of them.

God bless your countrymen and those who gave their lives during the wars.....
Shirley
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AmberSubaki Premium
Many thanks Shirley, it was a fantastic day :o)
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phoenix2 Premium
Thank you for the post. No matter where you live, we should never forget those who have protected us! Love the picture.
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AlexandraM Premium
Hi Amber
It is a great post. It was a really nice sunny day today until the afternoon when the weather changed to a crazy storm and hail in some parts of Sydney.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Talk about lucky hey
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AlexandraM Premium
Yep
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skyhawkone Premium
I hope that we never ever get a chance to forget... Excellent Post
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MMail Premium
Nice post.
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jimportell Premium
Very moving. Thank you.
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PamBrown Premium
I enjoyed your post, Amber. It helps us all realize that war takes its toll on so many countries and not just our own. Thanks.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Too true Pam!
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genesispro Premium
These memorial days are indeed necessary to remind us of those fallen heroes who thought less of themselves for love of country! Happy ANZAC day, Amber! BTW, your husband looks dashing in that uniform and your son added color to the scene! Bless them! Cheers!
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AmberSubaki Premium
Thank you for the lovely comments :o)
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OralC Premium
Thanks for sharing Amber
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RobVallair Premium
A fitting tribute for those around the world who make the ultimate sacrifice! Thanks Amber.
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anderscj Premium
Lest we forget! Great tribute Amber.
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danbarth87 Premium
Very cool!
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gadifi Premium
nice tribute and have a wonderful day
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MelJen Premium
This is such a beautiful tribute on this remarkable day. Thank you so much for posting it here. My grandfather, like so many grandfathers, was in World War 1. He served in the 11th Light horse brigade and was active in the Middle East - mainly in Egypt and Turkey. He was in Beersheeba but not involved int he historic charge, being busy in other skirmishes not far away. Our lads must never be forgotten. They are heroes, one and all, and ANZAC day is so bitter-sweet...a mixture of pride and unbelievable sadness.

I love the photo of your husband and son, just as I loved listening to the Scottish pipers today. The camaraderie runs deep.

'They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them,
nor the year condemn,
at the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.
Lest We Forget.'
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AmberSubaki Premium
Beautiful Comments MelJen and what a special day indeed for you.
I saw a documentary on the light horse brigade last week and it was just so heartbreaking how not only did so many perish but all those thousands of horses that died at not one returned back to our shores.

Many thanks for adding that poem too...it makes me teary indeed
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veteran Premium
Those who gave so much shall be remembered Amber.
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MarieKi Premium
Have a wonderful day!
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AndyJ Premium
Great pics and blog Amber. Enjoyed the read.
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KRiches Premium
It's great when someone shares something that we all can appreciate about a different culture. Thank you.
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AmberSubaki Premium
It's great how we can all stay connected here at WA even though we are all so far away from each other :o)
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cheekyjanet Premium
Yes lest we forget.....glad we had a beautiful morning for the parade....the weather turned ugly later in the day.....proud day for us Aussies and kiwis.... To honour those that died, and that served for both countries during the war....lovely pic of ur family Amber
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AmberSubaki Premium
We were definitely lucky today Janet! From perfect sunshine in the morning to a snowy/hail covered house and garden by the afternoon
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AlejandraB Premium
Hi Amber, thanks for sharing this post, lovely photo of your husband and son.
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SStarrs Premium
Hi Amber. Lovely post.
Thanks for sharing your day with us.
Lovely photo of your son and husband.
They look great wear their kilts.
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Geoff-n-Jane Premium
Cute pic of your son.
We didn't attend any of the ceremonies here in Atherton.
We worked on emails and lessons.
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montewolfe1 Premium
A heartfelt and a wonderful post Amber, the men that have fallen in battle should never be forgotten and the sacrifices that many others have made during war should be remembered also.
Monte
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BruceS Premium
Well said from ,a kiwi Anzac
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Larry_T Premium
Very good post Amber. One of the things I like about the WA community is that folks are here from all around the World. Your post just reminds us folks from the USA that good people from all around the World lost love ones in various wars. Very good.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
In another part of the world it's Rememberance Day in November - but it's all for the same thing - in Flanders Fields the poppies grow, between the crosses row on row.
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AmberSubaki Premium
I do love that poem Helen, one of my faves!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I used to know the whole poem!
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vin8 Premium
Good post Amber.
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HarryK1 Premium
Nice post
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TSmithers Premium
Hi Amber,
I agree with Solidbase, being a Canadian war veteran myself I understand and the worst of it is, it's certain leaders and small groups not the masses throughout the world causing problems.
John Lennon said it best through his music.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Bless you soldier and thank you :o)
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solidbase Premium
Amber,
As an ex military man myself who served in my country's defense force for 30 years, and have been in combat situations myself, I can totally relate to your post.
I suppose it may sound callous and people will probably crucify me for saying it, but I thank the Good Lord for having lost only one of the men under my command during the bush war.
The truth of the matter is that it could have been much worse, but even one fatality is still too much, and I will never forget that incident.
On a lighter note... Your hubbie will probably like this :
"Kilt = The last idiot who called it a Skirt"
-Theuns
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AmberSubaki Premium
I applaud and admire you Sir...can't imagine what it would of been like for you.
And yes, we are forever trying to correct people re the kilt
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apache1 Premium
Lest we Forget Thank you Amber fortunately the storms we are facing today held out at least for the Anzac March to finish.
Take care
Andre
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AmberSubaki Premium
It looks like snow in our yard at the moment and every room has a leak in it, but it's all good :o)
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apache1 Premium
I escaped the hail today but my car got flooded the other day now it's been towed away waiting for a final verdict by the assessors. Glad you are all OK what area are you at in Syd? I'm Liverpool area.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Inner west :o)
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apache1 Premium
:)
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WAFan Premium
I googled but could not find the phrase to say on that day. Thanks for sharing. The topic might not be, but the post itself is extremely well made.
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AmberSubaki Premium
Many thanks Aurorasa :o)
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nurseannie Premium
That is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing. What a lovely child and your husband is just wonderful... Have a nice weekend AM
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AmberSubaki Premium
Glad you enjoyed it :o)
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