Today, April 25th, ANZAC day, a commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, with ceremonies held throughout our country and overseas. 2015 is the 100th centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, and many of the people attending there are from here and Australia. Dawn Services have been held, veterans marched, hymns sung, and in Rotorua our grandson, Josh, has attended the dawn service at Muruika war cemetery at Ohinemutu. Prefects and house captains from Rotorua Lakes High, along with others, will be there, a privilege and an honour.
The poppy was one of the first plants to grow and bloom in the mud and dirt at Flanders, and is a symbol of remembrance of war. A poem by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, ( born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada) who wrote it after presiding over a funeral of a friend and fellow soldier, Alexis Helmer.
Tears have been shed, memories talked over, friends and comrades gather together, and we here accept and acknowledge the sacrifices made, for those who left our shores, fought, lost their lives, or returned to be a part of New Zealand again.
Greetings from Jean