Anzac Day is a reminder of the sacrifice many have given for Australia in times of hostility and peace keeping. For some, its the greater sacrifice for laying down your life.
Travel around Australia and you can see the memorials in all the towns of people who had given their life.
Today we remember those people.
Especially those in our own family who stepped forward to serve. Some made it home, others didn’t.
Some found their home in foreign lands in graves, others were lost to the elements of battlefield and time. The unknown soldiers.
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.
Laurence Binyon – published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914
This verse, which became the Ode for the Returned and Services League, has been used since 1921.
Read about a boy soldier who gave his life: ecperkins.com.au.