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    We remember with respect. Salute!

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    [quote name='Bigaldoc' post='772254' date='25-Apr-2009 06:08']We remember with respect. Salute!

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    Here's what I consider to be the finest tribute to the ANZACs.
    Two Little Boys
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    [quote name='Bigaldoc' post='772254' date='25-Apr-2009 23:08']We remember with respect. Salute!

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    Oi - don't forget the EnZed in Anzac!

    My son and I attended the local Anzac parade yesterday with his Cub pack. Along with representatives from the local Police and other uniformed services, the Cubs and Scouts (many wearing their grandfather's medals) marched down the main street of the town to the local RSA (returned servicemen's club) where the service was held. As is NZ tradition the service finishes with the tribute "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." Followed by the Last Post from a bugler and a salute from a firing party.

    I watched a fascinating documentary on the TV that afternoon. Kiwi soldiers helped start the Long Range Desert Group (forerunners of the SAS). One group of LRDG Kiwis had a run in with a larger Italian force and had to run, leaving some of their trucks behind and unfortunately their dead. They returned later to bury them. The LRDG boys had photos and film of their exploits.

    A NZ historian has made a film on a trip he made to examine the battlefield deep in the Libyan desert. The fascinating thing was how the desert had preserved the trucks. The film could flash from the grainy black and white from the 40's to today's film and the scene appeared the same.
    Keith Rodgers
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    [quote name='wdwells' post='772274' date='26-Apr-2009 05:59']Here's what I consider to be the finest tribute to the ANZACs.
    Two Little Boys[/quote]

    For a bleaker, blacker look there's And the band played Waltzing Matilda

    It captures some of the horror the colonial boys found at Gallipoli but the prediction the singer makes hasn't rung true.
    And now every April I sit on my porch
    And I watch the parade pass before me
    And I watch my old comrades, how proudly they march
    Reliving old dreams of past glory
    And the old men march slowly, all bent, stiff and sore
    The forgotten heroes from a forgotten war
    And the young people ask, "What are they marching for?"
    And I ask myself the same question
    And the band plays Waltzing Matilda
    And the old men answer to the call
    But year after year their numbers get fewer
    Some day no one will march there at all

    As I mentioned to Al, I attended yesterday's service and one of the comments from the old soldiers we heard was how that they are impressed that the numbers seem to get bigger every year.
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    You're right in your observation Keith, and I apologize for my wording of the post. I guess I sometimes think of Australia and New Zealand in the "same breath" which is a mistake I know.

    Your two posts are very touching to the heart strings. Thanks for sharing the memories.

    And once again: Salute!

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