Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
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Thursday, 25 April 2013

We Will Remember Them

Anzac Day

Anzac Day, 25th April, 2013

Today is a day of national remembrance, remembering and commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who served, and died in all wars, their contribution, suffering and sacrifice.

Dawn services are held throughout the country, veterans,  dignitaries, those in the armed forces,  families, and young people attend.

Auckland, the morning dawned with a fine sky,  Wellington, a clear sky, Christchurch, clear and cool, Dunedin, raining and cooler.There will be services held in so many smaller towns , for those who served this is a very special day, uniforms and medals are worn, stories told, families are  there to support the older ones . Not only here in New Zealand but throughout the world, so many have, and continue to give their  lives , to defend  their or another country from an enemy.

We woke to an   RNZAF helicopter made its way from  Ohakea Air Base, to Waiouru. The familiar thump-thump-thump of its rotors were clear, soon afterwards,  heavy rain fell for a few minutes.

Quotation of the day, Words  of Pericles, written well over two thousand years ago , in a place close to Gallipoli, Turkey.

“Each has won a glorious grave –

not that sepulchre of earth wherein they lie,

but the living tomb of everlasting remembrance

wherein their glory is enshrined.

Greetings from Jean

10 comments:

Lindsjö taxar said...

Hi Jean! Its nice to have a day like that......
Thanks for your nice comments on Tyras birth to 4 qute puppies.
My nickname is Majsan :-) its not easy to know. Lindsjö is our name of our home.
Hugs from Sweden!!

Nancy J said...

Thanks so much Lindsjo, I can only imagine your feelings waiting, and waiting, a long time between puppies. Thanks for your words, special days to remember those who served overseas. Take care, sleep well now. Greetings from Jean

Jim said...

Hi Jean. It is so important to remember all those who gave up their lives for their country. Our 'day' is in November and very similar to yours.
Thanks for sharing.
Jim

Michaele said...

It's almost as if the rain were a part of the remembrance also. Thanks for sharing and remembering.

sophie...^5 said...

Thank you for informing me of your day of Remembrance. This hits home especially strong for me since my father died readying for the Korean War.
I have included a video of a local New Zealander for you at this time. I saw it on a fellow blogger's post from Scotland. The setting is the Wellington train station.

Enjoy Video
I did!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I've not heard of this holiday before and read a little more about it. I think all countries should celebrate and remember those who left their families and served so bravely.

KB said...

I hadn't heard of your holiday before either. Thank you for a beautiful post and quote.

I keep thinking of Poppy, hoping for a miracle.

Nancy J said...

Jim, enjoy your day when it arrives,Michaele, the rain was to me a perfect symbol,Sophie, loved the video, thanks so much,Kim I agree, we should always remember , I will put on my post some of the words from the Ugly Hedgehog forum about US airmen, and finally KB,the quote seemed to fit the day so well, and I too hope for a miracle, but am slowly accepting the reality, maybe. Greetings to all from Jean.

Craig said...

Jean - I'm new to your blog (via Jim, Ron and Sophie).
It's good to remember those who lost their lives in war - we take too much for granted how easy our lives are now. I was sad to hear your news of Poppy too.

Nancy J said...

Hi Craig,my Mum was born in Cambuslang, so I really have an affiliation with where you live. Ta for the video link via Ron. Welcome to my world. Greetings from Jean