Hello and welcome to another installment of 20 dollar garden challenge. This post will be short and not really dealing much with the garden, but it’s all to pay my respects to the men and women of the Australian armed forces who’ve served over the years, and in many cases, made the ultimate sacrifice while doing so.
Today is April 25th, ANZAC Day for Australians and New Zealanders everywhere, a day to honour those who’ve served in the armed forces and to remember those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their nation.
On this day in 1915, Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the beaches of Gallipoli as part of an offensive that was designed to shorten the war. (WW1) They fought bravely and fiercely against their Turkish opposition for eight months until eventually the commanders realised the futility of continuing the offensive, and the retreat was called.
This battle was significant for Turkey as it helped in the struggle for Turkish independence, while it “is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in those nations.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallipoli#Gallipoli_Campaign)
Sadly, as in all battles, men fought and died on both sides, while others were left bloodied and broken.
Today we remember them all, from those who fought in 1915, to those who are serving now. And we especially remember the fallen.
“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.
Lest we forget.”