Saturday, April 25, 2009

Every year we remember,
In April and November,
The boats on the water, carrying the brave
They heard the deadly order to run through the water
It's time for you to jump boys
You're fighting to be free

On Anzac Day we carried on an unbroken tradition of watching the march. The ill-fated Gallipoli campaign Australian soldiers fought during World War I symbolises the spirit of the Australian people: In our willingness to persevere through misfortune and adversity, to remain hopeful in the dry gullies, in our capacity to reach out when floodwaters rise and bushfires ravage. The Anzac spirit clearly continues to exert power. It taunts and troubles us. Aussies keep the faith on Anzac Day: Anzac Day runs deeper than nationalism or military pride

Blood Brothers: The Anzac Genesis and Marches Diggers remember Anzac legacy
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force that was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli. The corps was disbanded in 1916 following the evacuation of Gallipoli. The corps is best remembered today as the source of the acronym ANZAC which has since become a term, "Anzac", for a person from Australia or New Zealand

WHETHER you are a patriot on Anzac Day, or merely a humanist moved by the notion of courage and camaraderie, this weekend always provokes a discussion of past misdeeds and heroism … For a time Aboriginal diggers were not permitted to march...they were not even allowed to enter RSL clubs. Aboriginal diggers commemorate Anzac Day
Hearing snippets of war songs at parades or on television on Anzac Day has made Peter Coates want to dig deeper as a mark of respect and remembrance. The particular power of war songs, or anti-war songs, are in their strength and diversity of emotion: sorrow, action, anger, remembrance, fear, mateship, loneliness, love, generosity, authority and protest.
I Was Only 19 is without doubt the most famous and realistic Australian song of the Vietnam War. It was written and sung by John Schumann when he led the far left and undervalued Australian group Redgum. Redgum produced a large number of great songs, but perhaps too critical of the social order, principled and deep for the commercial music industry.
Bagpipes have ushered in thousands of people who have gathered at
The Cenotaph in Sydney's Martin Place
The Sydney skies were clear for the annual Anzac day parade Many of the World War Two veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, are unable to walk, but are travelling in taxis and jeeps along the route of the march. One of them, 84-year-old Stilton Woodhouse, says it is a day to remember those who never came home from war: It's not an occasion of celebrating war but of thinking of those that we lost during the bad times, when things were really bad.

Anzac Day's message: the best offer their own lives ; [Even with the best of intentions I cannot do justice to Anzac words or images Google captured Anzac coverage ever so well; Week after the Sikh New Year, Vaisakhi, when Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh made his maiden visit. The Sikhs welcome all to their temple with astounding generosity Sikh Band in Sydney on Anzac Day: Three years after Sikhs were allowed to march]