Anzac Day – 2024

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Sonnet for ANZAC Day

Sound the Last Post again, lest we forget
the freedom that we cherish has been bought –
not found like mushrooms in the field; the debt
is ours to pay, mindful of those who fought
and fell – yet still they held the torch aloft!
May we remain as zealous to withstand
the traitors who would make our fibres soft,
as well as enemies beyond the land.

The trumpet has the power to move us still,
and though the debris of a flood of years
lies over hand and mind, an aching thrill
comes rising perilously close to tears.
Sound the Last Post to hold the memory bright,
then sound the Rouse and keep the torch alight.

Alf Wood

[Source: ADCC]


 

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9 Responses to Anzac Day – 2024

  1. kaysee kaysee says:

    Geoffrey Blainey
    Anzac Day: Lessons of war now forgotten on the home front

    Our soldiers had fought bravely in the Boer War (1899-1902), but that war was minor in the eyes of the watching world. In contrast, Gallipoli was an episode in the Great War, and at times the fighting against Turkish soldiers on the steep hills might help to decide whether the British Empire and France would win the war.


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  2. mh says:

    Formal Announcement: Freedom of Speech & Religious Freedoms by Bishop Mari Emmanuel | ANZAC RELEASE

    Christ The Good Shepherd Church

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcvxGkOIXdg


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  3. kaysee kaysee says:

    This is the day we remember all those who have served and sacrificed during that war. And other wars. For their country.

    We are the beneficiaries.
    Lest we forget.

    Eric Bogle
    The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

    Comment from peezartiste

    I was a British soldier for 23 years, so In no way am I a pacifist, but this song makes me weep. Wars are started by politicians, fought by soldiers, won by the blood of soldiers and victory claimed by the politicians, who then abandon the soldiers.


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  4. kaysee kaysee says:

    Formal Announcement: Freedom of Speech & Religious Freedoms by Bishop Mari Emmanuel | ANZAC RELEASE

    I was going to post links to two articles-one related to this video which I hadn’t viewed.
    Just watched it. It is a powerful speech by Bishop Emmanuel supporting freedoms, about his faith, his love for Australia and its people and Anzac Day.

    This should throw out the Disinformation Bill, eSafety Commzar and other attempts to throttle our freedoms.

    The two articles were:
    This one on Sky News
    Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel not opposed to alleged Sydney church stabbing video staying online due to ‘freedom of speech’

    His recent remarks came after he reportedly provided an affidavit to X, formerly Twitter, throwing support behind the social media giant to keep the clips online.

    Contrasted with

    Editorial in The Australian
    Digital giants are not above the law on stopping terror

    As a newspaper, we support free speech but not necessarily Mr Musk’s laissez-faire version of it. Unlike X, most media outlets have long-established rules to determine what is acceptable to be put into the public square. There are well-developed processes to co-operate with law enforcement and security agencies.


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  5. kaysee kaysee says:

    This comment in the Open Thread was posted by Destroyer D69, a few days ago.

    Pondering on the current state that Australia find itself in as a result of years of political destruction of what it flowered into in the years following the World Wars, as a result of the sacrifices of the ANZACS we will be remembering shortly,I am wondering how many of them would volunteer today to defend what Australia has become since they made those sacrifices?

    Today, we honour those who served this country during the war and this thread is to remember them. I thought the question above should be discussed and this thread would be the right place to do it.

    Also this comment added by mh.

    Destroyer D69, since you have brought up this query, what is your opinion?
    Anyone else wanting to share theirs can do so as well.


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  6. Destroyer D69 says:

    I have the greatest respect for our ANZACS. I guess the distillation of my question is whether ,if they had foreknowledge of what Australia has now become,or for the current population, would they make these sacrifices to preserve Australia as it now is? For starters….I am unable to purchase a rail ticket in Qld even if I have $2000.00 in my pocket but must give the Govt my credit details to obtain same!!!!!They will not accept cash. neither can I pay my Rates or car rego.(Must use a card with a surcharge for card payment) Our manufacturing industries have been destroyed.We now have the worlds highest power prices .and so it goes on.


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  7. kaysee kaysee says:

    I guess the distillation of my question is whether ,if they had foreknowledge of what Australia has now become,or for the current population, would they make these sacrifices to preserve Australia as it now is?

    Destroyer, I thought that was what you meant and it’s a good topic for us to reflect and discuss. I left it open for others to take part as I don’t want to keep pushing my opinions into every topic. But as no one has responded so far, I’ll have go. There is so much to say, but I’ll keep it brief.

    How did we get to this situation since the Anzacs went to fight in the war?
    In a broad context, two factors linked to each other.

    1/ Society
    At some level, in past decades, we have been busy with our lives – home, family, job. We didn’t know that there were evil forces which were planning the destruction of our way of life (past 50-60 years). Even if we saw something that was wrong, we shrugged our shoulders and said, “She’ll be right, mate.”

    Even now, with the internet and social media where we’ve learnt so much over the past few years, there are so many who still shrug their shoulders, stay silent or passive. Or wait for someone else to do something about the problem.


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  8. kaysee kaysee says:

    2/ Voters
    The issues we are facing, like the ones you’ve listed – cashless society, global warming scam, local industries – have been created by governments who are acting in their self interests not those of the people who elected them.

    If voters were wise enough to spot the traitor politicians and vote only for the ones who are Australia First, we wouldn’t have got to this situation.

    Can this be turned around? Of course it can. But only if society and its voters are prepared to wake up and do their part.

    I am spending a great deal of my time on the US Election thread with detailed info. It is connected to the wake-up.


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  9. kaysee kaysee says:

    It can be done. What is needed is for the electorate to wake up and vote in good leaders who will clean up the mess.

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