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Old 04-24-2012, 12:42 AM   #1
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Anzac Day 2012

We SHALL Remember Them






Lest We Forget

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Old 04-24-2012, 05:20 AM   #2
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^^^^Agreed! Lest we forget.

PS CARN THE BOMBERS!
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:26 AM   #3
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Lest we forget^^^

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:45 AM   #4
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Amen to that "Lest we forgot all fallen personel, regardless of race, creed or beliefs"

I happened to be at Long Tan today to pay my repects to the Aussies who fell there.

But by a strange quirk of nature, my tour leader took me to what he had been told was the site.And yes it was the site of the battle, but not the memorial to the Aussies, but of their foes, the Viet Cong who died in their thousands.
I didn't twig as I walked up the stairs and around their memorials, all writing was in Vietnamese, pass the caves where people sheltered and were entombed, the bullet riddled rocks, the bomb craters, the bloody carnage of war.

I would like to share some photo's from a different persective.

The entrance





Their shrine to their fallen, every person, man, woman or child, killed in this district is listed here around all the walls.



The podium


A bullet riddled rock


The blown up entrace to the hospital cave with the new meseum built above it.


These next photo's give an idea of the type of terain men fought and died in.




And finally, peace to everyone.


Lest we forget.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:05 PM   #5
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The dawn service in Toowoomba this morning.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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Went to an 08:00 service with my daughter this morning here on Brisbane's north side.

The last post still chokes me up.. they played it at my father's funeral at the end...

Good to stop and remember those who did extraordinary things and those who died while doing those extraordinary things so that we may live our ordinary lives in peace.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:01 PM   #7
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took the Kids to their first dawn Service this morning and then they both marched in the Morning service as well !

Your right Happy that last post gets me every time!

Chris a nice perspective and thanks for posting!

My old man was at the Baumona war cemetary and memorial this morning in Port Morseby!

Havent spoken to him today but he says its always a pretty awe inspiring service

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Old 04-24-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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"The silence spreads. I talk and must talk. So I speak to him and say to him: "Comrade, I did not want to kill you. If you jumped in here again, I would not do it, if you would be sensible too. But you were only an idea to me before, an abstraction that lived in my mind and called forth its appropriate response. It was that abstraction I stabbed. But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony — forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy? If we threw away these rifles and this uniform you could be my brother, just like Kat and Albert. Take twenty years of my life, comrade, and stand up — take more, for I do not know what I can even attempt to do with it now." "

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Old 04-24-2012, 08:17 PM   #9
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Dawn service at Nelson Bay at 0525 this morning, breakfast at the RSL, march at 1025 to the 1100 Memorial Service.

Bit nippy but a fantastic turn-out.

Makes you proud to be an Australian.

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Old 04-25-2012, 05:11 AM   #10
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Amen to that "Lest we forgot all fallen personel, regardless of race, creed or beliefs"

I happened to be at Long Tan today to pay my repects to the Aussies who fell there.

But by a strange quirk of nature, my tour leader took me to what he had been told was the site.And yes it was the site of the battle, but not the memorial to the Aussies, but of their foes, the Viet Cong who died in their thousands.
I didn't twig as I walked up the stairs and around their memorials, all writing was in Vietnamese, pass the caves where people sheltered and were entombed, the bullet riddled rocks, the bomb craters, the bloody carnage of war.

I would like to share some photo's from a different persective.

The entrance





Their shrine to their fallen, every person, man, woman or child, killed in this district is listed here around all the walls.



The podium


A bullet riddled rock


The blown up entrace to the hospital cave with the new meseum built above it.


These next photo's give an idea of the type of terain men fought and died in.




And finally, peace to everyone.


Lest we forget.

thanks Chris, as the son of a bloke that was there I appreciate what happened, in war, as ( surprisingly) does my father, who befriended many of the locals and has never forgotten the friendship of many of the locals.

I grew up surrounded by my fathers friends and only in later life read about their ordeals, some were of course decorated with MID's and medals but NOTHING will ever dull the mateship forged on the battlefield. As my father is now quite old and his vision has gone his memories are all that he has left, he has asked me to prepare his eulogy ( he likes my style), try to mentally prepare yourself for that !!

He is but one of thousands that sacrificied their lives for us, whilst he was "lucky "enough not to be injured in battle the mental scars that he carries can never heal.






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Old 04-25-2012, 05:21 AM   #11
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I happened to be at Long Tan today to pay my repects to the Aussies who fell there .
A few years ago I happened to be in Vietnam on ANZAC day. On the day we were in Danang and Hoi An. It was a very emotional experience. Quite haunting.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:21 AM   #12
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To anyone going to Beets Farina rally in June I can reccommend watching sundown from the memorial just above the main camp area. The horizon out there gives a meaning to the " At the going down of the sun we WILL remember them; Lest we forget"
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:35 PM   #13
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BOMANA WAR CEMETERY
Port Moresby

Bomana War Cemetery is located just out of Port Moresby on the road to Sogeri. Service personnel from battles at Buna, Cape Endaidere, Gone, Kokoda, Milne Bay, Sananda, Wau, Wairopi, and Bouganville are buried here. The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

3400 Australian Troops are buried here together with 438 British soldiers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery who are unidentified by name. Only one woman is buried here.

Troops from the Australian Imperial Force, Australian Commonwealth Military Force, Royal Army Service Corps, Merchant Navy, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Air Force and New Zealand Defence Forces.

The brass plaque telling the story of the Kokoda Track gives the following statistics.

Troops
Total
Killed
Wounded
Australian



Kokoda
7500
625
1055
Buna / Gona
12000
1540
2478
Papua New Guinean



Kokoda / Buna / Gona
10000
Unknown
Unknown
USA



Kokoda
0
0
0
Buna / Gona
15000
930
1918
Japanese



Kokoda
13500


Buna / Gona
9000
12000 at Kokoda, Buna & Gona
2000 evacuated by sea. 3400 escaped



This is the execerpt from the war cemetary in PNG where my old man spent Anzac day 2012 a sorrowing thought and perhaps something we should remember everyday not just ANZAC day

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Old 04-29-2012, 08:45 PM   #14
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This is a great thread,the photos were excellent. Thanks.
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