Remembering our Courageous Fallen (ANZAC Day)

Baz and a Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, Menari Village, Papua New Guinea
Baz and a Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, Menari Village, Papua New Guinea

The 25th of April is a day that Australian’s reflect on the military service Australian men and women have given to our country. 

To remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice; to remember the Australian men and women who are currently serving in theatres of war, and in peace keeping roles around the world.

To all I say, thank you.

Something close to me is the time I spent living in Papua New Guinea and the times that I have visited since leaving, more recently in 2006 when I walked the Kokoda Track with a good mate, Bob Todd.

The Kokoda Track saw some of most fierce fighting that Australian troops have ever faced.

Courage, Endurance, Mateship, Sacrifice - Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea
Courage, Endurance, Mateship, Sacrifice – Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea

And we should never forget the sacrifices that were made by our good friends, legends of the Kokoda Track, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angelsthe Papuan New Guineans who carried supplies and our wounded, often making the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of an unyielding foe.

Standing at the top of the final hill after six days along The Track, Bob and I looked back over the ranges and I swear we could hear that distinctive Aussie drawl…

 The sounds of mates helping their mates.

An enduring Australian quaility - Mateship. Bob and Baz, the Kokoda Track trails into the distance behind us
An enduring Australian quality – Mateship

And I’m sure that on this day if you were to stand on the battlefields of the Somme or the beaches of Gallipoli, if you listen carefully, you too will hear our boys and girls; the men and women who never returned home to loved ones!

Our memory of them will live on forever…

Lest We Forget

Kokoda
Our memory of them will live on forever – Lest We Forget (photo credit: Australian War Museum)

 

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14 thoughts on “Remembering our Courageous Fallen (ANZAC Day)

  1. mmmmerle April 25, 2013 / 7:53 am

    Thanks BBB for sharing….LEST WE FORGET!!!!

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  2. Cowboys and Crossbones April 25, 2013 / 6:06 am

    What a nice post, Baz! Always important to pay tribute to our service men and women.

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  3. kiwiskan April 25, 2013 / 4:46 am

    … greetings on ANZAC Day from across the Tasman. Lest we Forget.

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    • Baz - The Landy April 25, 2013 / 8:48 am

      Absolutely, a day for both our country’s to remember the courageous men and women who never came home…

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  4. Lisa April 24, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you.

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  5. pickledwings April 24, 2013 / 9:52 pm

    Reblogged this on Pickled Wings and commented:
    A good bit of info here on ANZAC Day, the national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.

    Lest We Forget

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  6. gpcox April 24, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    The U.S. knows very little about ANZAC Day, so I was very pleased to read the long article in “Archaeology” (April-May issue). It was very informative. Enjoy your day.

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    • Baz - The Landy April 24, 2013 / 9:35 pm

      Thank you! Mind you our troops fought alongside US troops in this region, if you get a chance take a look at Paul Ham’s Book – Kokoda. A great read!

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      • gpcox April 24, 2013 / 9:36 pm

        Thanks.

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