At the going down of the sun...
I crouched in a shallow trench on that hell of exposed beaches... steeply rising foothills bare of cover... a landscape pockmarked with war’s inevitable litter... piles of stores... equipment... ammunition... and the weird contortions of death sculptured in Australian flesh... I saw the going down of the sun on that first ANZAC Day... the chaotic maelstrom of Australia’s blooding.
I fought in the frozen mud of the Somme... in a blazing destroyer exploding on the North Sea... I fought on the perimeter at Tobruk... crashed in the flaming wreckage of a fighter in New Guinea... lived with the damned in the place cursed with the name Changi.
I was your mate... the kid across the street... the med. student at graduation... the mechanic in the corner garage... the baker who brought you bread... the gardener who cut your lawn... the clerk who sent your phone bill.
I was an Army private... a Naval commander... an Air Force bombardier. no man knows me... no name marks my tomb, for I am every Australian serviceman... I am the Unknown Soldier.
I died for a cause I held just in the service of my land... that you and yours may say in freedom... I am proud to be an Australian.
- Life on two acres of arid dirt, on the edge of the Australian outback.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Remembering our Diggers
Anzac Day is on 25th April.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
(click to listen)
Below: This 60 cm x 90 cm framed message, a poignant tribute to the Australian serviceman, hangs in the offices of the Queensland State Headquarters of the RSL.
(taken from http://www.anzacday.org.au)
for the sacrifices these brave men and women have made and are still making for our beloved country.
God Bless our Soldiers.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Off to Rock the Mount again...
We have arrived home safely from Melbourne, but are going to head to Melrose, South Australia for the annual
that is on this weekend.
Performing this year is
Along with other performers like, Luke Dickens, Amber Lawrence, Victoria Baillie, and local singer/songwriter John O'Dea.
We leave for Melrose tomorrow.
It is only about 45 minutes away from home, and we are camping overnight in the swags, then home again Sunday.
Should be a great weekend...
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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Be back soon...
We are spending a week away and enjoying some nice Autumn weather here in Melbourne, while catching up with family and friends.
See you all when I get back,
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