ANZAC Day

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In honor of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have fought in numerous wars for their freedoms and the rights of others; 25 April is the designated date for memorial ceremonies and tributes.  My apologies for being a day late in this post.

 

ANZACs hard at work

ANZAC’s hard at work

There are ceremonies for the ANZAC’s and there are poems, but I believe this says it all…

Ode of Remembrance

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Age will not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
 
 
Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

The Spirit of ANZAC

The Spirit of ANZAC

 

Remembrance

Remembrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on images to enlarge.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Douglas Belsham – Whakatane, NZ; RNZ Air Force # 78699

The Missing Man formation

The Missing Man formation

Glen Constantine – Lake Worth, FL; 101st Air Calvary Division, Vietnam

Stephen Fookes – Auckland, NZ; RNZ Air Force # S92108, F/S ACFT Technician

Tresham Gregg – Cape Town, So. Afr.; 3 Royal Tank Reg., Colonel, WWII, ETO

Willie Johnson – Green Forest, AR; US Navy, WWII, ETO, USS Kassan Bay

George Kortas – Antioch, IL; US Army, WWII, 60th Regiment/9th Infantry Div., Bronze Star & 3 Purple Hearts

Les Langdon – Tasmania, AU; RAAF, WWII, PTO & ETO

Donald Martyn – Toronto, Can; WWII, ETO, HMCS Kootenay, navigator’s yeoman

Jerald Nine, Sr. – Dale City, VA; US Army, Korea, medic

George Richardson – Palmerston,  North, NZ; RNZ Air Force # 71261, WWII, LAC No. 14 (F) Squadron

Damian Roche – Sydney, AU; RAR, Brigadier (Ret. 35 years)

Vincent Schindler – Iona, MN; US Navy, Korea, USS Eversole

Alfred Watt – Darwin, AU; RA Artillery, Colonel, WWII; Korea w/ the 163rd NZ Field Battery

Frank Watts – Renton, WA; US Navy, WWII

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on April 26, 2014, in Korean War, Uncategorized, Vietnam, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 67 Comments.

  1. Thanks for that great tribute my friend, next year is the 100th anniversary, it will be a big occasion here in Australia.
    I attended the Dawn service and did the midday march to the cenotaph.
    It was a great occassion as it was my two year old grandson Camerons second Anzac day, and my one year old grandaughter Maddisons first.
    Sorry for the double entry here, my computer decided to post it before I had finished.
    Ian

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  2. Thanks for that great tribute my friend, next year is the 100th anniversary, it will be a big occasion here in Australia.
    I attended the Dawn service and did the midday march to the cenotaph.
    It was a great occassion as my two year old grandson C

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  3. I thought you might be interested in this Facebook post… https://www.facebook.com/regimentalbooks/posts/10152385940209524 Cheers…

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  4. Thanks for the tribute for the fallen Aussies and Kiwis. Seeing photos of my friends at the ANZAC day ceremonies back at home and the huge crowds made me very homesick!

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    • Thank you VERY much for this link. The page is an outstanding tribute to a very brave man! I recommend everyone of the readers take this quick look into the life of a hero.

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  5. such a wonderful post gpcox!! and the cowboy silhouette with “remembrance” under it was my fav – but the whole post is such a gem. what a wonderful heart you have – and I did not know April 25th was this remembrance day – so thanks for awareness….

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  6. This is a wonderful tribute GP. Thank you from all the Aussies and New Zealanders. ANZAC Day is a very special day for us and the wonderful thing is that it just keeps getting stronger as the years go by. It’s wonderful to see so many young people and all nationalities here getting involved. Lest we forget.

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  7. Your posts are so interesting. I think we tend to forget all the other countries and all the other brave servicemen and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. What a nice post, gpcox. The New Zealanders and the Aussies gave their share of blood throughout the SWP in WWII. What I know of their heroism in Korea comes from you!

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  9. Thanks for remembering that.

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    • I need a calender to remember ALL the dates, Jacqui. I believe we’ve talked about this Black Hole I call a brain (everything goes in but nothing comes out), I want this site to represent the heroes, but put together by me and ALL of the readers!

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  10. On behalf of many please let me thank you for the tribute. Especially poignant is that ‘Missing Man’ formation …

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  11. ANZAC Day Down Under just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. It is good that the people really do care and show their respect and gratitude. And good to see your post too – regardless of which day.

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    • It makes me feel great that the day of memorial continues to grow rather than wane with time, perhaps patriotism and gratitude aren’t dead yet!! Thank you for reading, June.

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  12. I appreciate you doing this…great work!!

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  13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. —John 15:13

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  14. It always seems to me one of the most poignant remembrances, I seem to remember from a poem of W.B. Yeats. “I know that I shall meet my fate, somewhere in the clouds above; and those I fight I do not hate, those I defend I do not love”. Please forgive if my memory is faulty, but I think there is a special nobility in those who give their lives for another’s cause.

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    • To have the stamina and ambition to carry through with something like that is quite remarkable. I don’t believe most of today’s generation even has an inkling of what we’re talking about. Thank you for reading, Frederick.

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  15. What a lovely tribute. The “Ode” gives us much to ponder in the manner of human life and humanity.

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  16. Never late to remember – the ANZAC spirit lives always 😀

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  17. I came across “Dear Jack” on Freshly Pressed today. A beautiful article about an Australian trooper in WWI.

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  18. Very stirring. Thank you.

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  19. Do you know of the memorial erected by Ataturk at Gallipoli in 1934?
    It reads as follows:

    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives …

    You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.

    Therefore rest in peace.

    There is no difference between the Johnnies

    And Mehmets to us where they lie side by side

    Here in this country of ours …

    You, the mothers,

    Who sent their sons from far away countries

    Wipe away your tears;

    Your sons are now lying in our bosom

    And are in peace.

    After having lost their lives on this land they have

    Become our sons as well.

    My grandfather was injured in camp in Egypt and missed that campaign….but lost so many of his mates there and that memorial meant a lot more to him than armistice day celebrations…or even ANZAC Day.

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  20. Thank you gp; this is a very fine tribute. And you have found some great illustrations and photos for your tribute. As I have most likely mentioned before, my great uncle died as a result of injuries received at Gallipoli. Another great-uncle also died there. My grandfather and 4 other great uncles were in Europe and the Middle East during World War One, and most of them came home with mental or physical wounds, or both.These events are not just a piece of history; they are part of our lives; our stories.

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    • I realize that and being as many do not know about this day, I wanted to bring it to light for other countries. I know how much Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc. mean to me. I am very glad to hear your remarks and those of other New Zealanders and Australians.

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  21. Thank you GPCox, what a beautiful tribute.

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  22. Beautiful post,

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  23. If at all there is one silver lining for the dead > they’ll forever remain young in our memories. Not for them the slow deterioration of age. What a poor trade —-

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  24. Thank you for making us take a moment to pause and reflect.

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  25. Day late or not, it is a moving remembrance of this brave and hard-fighting component of the Allied forces in two world wars, and many others.

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