"There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting."

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

ANZAC Day

above is a pot of Rosemary - for remembrance - this plant was taken from a cutting of a rosemary plant that is growing in Gallipoli - funny how our Anzac day falls just before Samhain, where we remember our deceased loved ones and rosemary is one of the herbs of this sabbat.


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"


today our nation pauses to remember this day - April 25th, 1915 - a day when Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the beach at Gallipoli.



"On a dark Sunday morning, 25 April, 1915, the soldiers landed in the dark and under heavy fire, climbed steep cliffs covered in prickly scrub and won a foothold on the plateau and ridges. The next eight months saw many feats of courage and bravery on both sides. Apart from the heavy casualties from attack and counter attack, the lines were so close that there was no respite from the heavy bombing, shells and mines. "

" 7 600 Australians and nearly 2 500 New Zealanders were mortally wounded at Gallipoli and 24 000 more were wounded. Fewer than 100 were taken prisoner. However, it was not so much that Gallipoli with all its hardships, heroics and suffering was any worse than the other wars that Australians have since taken part in, it was that this was the first real test of our country as a nation. And we did not fail!!! "

"So every year on April 25, we have a day of remembrance where we can express our gratitude to all those men and women then and since, who helped keep our country free from invasion; to acknowledge our debt to these men and women, their wives and husbands, mothers and children and our obligation to those who gave their lives to protect our way of life. "
this morning we attended our local ANZAC march and bought packets of ANZAC bicuits of the ladies in the war fund.... yummy. My heart swells with pride as I wave and clap at the old men who fought for our country. Whether you believe in war or not, these men are heroes. God bless each and every one of them.

13 comments:

Tinker said...

I love to smell rosemary. What a lovely tribute to your veterans, Robyn. You're right, they are heroes, no matter what.
XO

Daisy Lupin said...

Anzac biscuits, I had forgotten about them my mother used to make them, an Australian lady gave her the receipe. I used to love them. I wonder where the receipe is.

Gemma said...

Love Rosemary and the fact that you remember those who paved the way for your nation!

Sheila said...

I love that the Rosemary is taken from a cutting on Gallipoli.
It was a brutal battle for the Anzac forces.

(My Gran's youngest brother died in France in WW1 and he was with the Australian forces, but I haven't been able to find out why he was with them, as he was English..?)

peppylady said...

Anzac biscuits never heard of them. Your Gallipoi rememberence day sounds like our veterans day.

Ninnie said...

I love the smell of rosemary. I have a plant of it in my yard. Yes your rememberence day doe sound like our memorial day which is in May.

Peggy said...

I have rosemary growing right outside and love the smell. I think our memorial day is similar to your Anzac Day

kansasrose said...

I honor your veterans. They were very brave and selfless. Rosemary is my favorite herb. There is something so magical and special about a rosemary plant.

PEA said...

Hi Robyn:-) I'm back from my trip and trying to play catch up with everyone! I had never heard of Anzac Day but now I have...it's very much like our Rememberance Day here in Canada. I love your "whether you believe in war or not, these men are heroes"...so very true!! xox

Nicole said...

I used to go to the dawn service but since I had my babies I have not been. The day brings me to tears to think about what those men and boys went through. I am so very proud of them. It is now my responsibility to make sure my life and the lives of my children were worth it. I will endeavour to make every second count.

Peggy said...

Just stopping by to say Diva is feeling better today. She spent the afternoon out of her stall lying in the sun. She is honored you will be godmother to her babies. She just hopes it soon! :)

Blue the Spa Girl said...

Robyn
Loved this post~ Learn something new everyday!!!!
xoxo
By the way...I think I may have an A on my hand too! I am drawn to the Atlantis stories...love them. I am looking for the crystal bible! xoxo

paris parfait said...

Thanks for this poignant reminder of those brave men and women. xo