Sunday, April 25, 2010

ANZAC Day - Lest We Forget

Today is ANZAC Day and I want to commemorate the soldiers who fought in Gallipoli in 1915. Some of the soldiers were as young as sixteen - they did this to ensure the security of their country. It is hard to comprehend that. When I was sixteen, I was saving my pennies to gain a fake ID to enter the hottest clubs and bars.

Every time April 25th comes around every year, I can't help but watch the sky darken as the bugle plays the tune of the"Last Post" . My heart vibrates and I feel connected with the young men who got out of their boats and ran towards the beach - not knowing what was going to happen next. Some of the soldiers were as young as sixteen years old. I don't know about you, but when I was sixteen, I was saving my pennies to get a fake ID to enter clubs and bars. Not saving the entire nation.

Sure, many of the young soldiers did it for adventure. Most of all, they did it to ensure the security of their country. The country I'm in now.

The war was senseless, but if it weren't for the soldiers - Australia and New Zealand wouldn't be the nation it is today.

For that, I say:

I also want to end this post with this question, what were you doing when you were sixteen?



Another David said...

Um... maybe this makes me a stupid American, but what's ANZAC Day?

And when I was 16, I was stressed out about swim team and trying to get trying to get my driver's license. No fun, really.

Five Foot Nothing said...

@ Another David: No you're not stupid at all!

ANZAC Day stands for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corporation". It's commerated on 25th April each year, on the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, Turkey during WWI.

It also marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australia and New Zealand.

Sorry, I should've explained this on the post too.

Siobhan said...

Anzac day is heartbreaking, as is any war rememberance day. I look at photos of these past conflicts(ww1 and ww2) and i'm so moved by how young these soliders are, their bravery...
At sixteen I was stressed with trying to work, pass my highers, wondering if i would ever fill out and generally was pretty miserable.

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