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ANZAC Day 2016 , Melbourne, Australia

ANZAC Day 2016 , Melbourne, Australia

Me at far right, slumming it when some senior Army officers on Anzac day 2016 here in Australia (actually, those officers are all good people)
This was taken just before the official march.

Lest We Forget



Nothing but respect from me for you all Steve. And not one Walter Mitty in sight! Smiley-wink
MAYBE I should post my ANZAC day pic too but I dont have as many medals as you

All the best to you and your mates Steve ... thanks for your service! And thanks for the link so that our international brothers and sisters can get a sense of what it means to us.

The Dawn Service here in Canberra had a record turnout, with some reports suggesting somewhere between 50,000 - 60,000 people attending.

Annie And I were there Peter. It was huge and my first at the memorial. It was very moving. Sorry we didnt catch up with you this time

Yeah ... me too Beachy! We are usually home for the ANZAC Day march. This year we went bush for the weekend ... no mobile coverage, no internet, no tarmac ... just a gazillion stars and camp fires. My son attended the Dawn Service and my brother and sister were in the main march in rememberance of our father.

Beachy, you served and that is what matters. However everyone pretty much pales in comparison to the number gongs that the bloke on my right has (Colonel Marcus Fielding). He also sports a well deserved Commendation for Distinguished service. An interesting and active bloke.

Good job honoring the veterans. Nice pic

We must never forget those who have served to keep us free no matter the nationality. Thank you for your service.

Dang Steve, you clean up all right. Unfortunately that does not qualify as bike safety attire...Hehehe

Thank you for your service and the great link Steve. Respect and thanks!!!

Thank you too for your service and remembrance to those who didn't make it home.

Thanks Steve, hope you had a great day.

Thanks Steve. "LEST WE FORGET"

Pardon my quick history lesson about ANZAC Day.................

The battles of Çanakkale, when Anzacs first encountered Turkish troops, have a special place in the history of relations between Turkey and Australia. Mutually respectful and friendly ties, borne uniquely out of a fierce battlefield, have continuously developed to this day. The first President of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk delivered the following message to the Australian and New Zealander mothers in 1934 as an expression of this friendship:

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives …

You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours.

You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears.

Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”

The poignant and magnanimous words of Atatürk were delivered on his behalf by Şükrü Kaya, the Minister of the Interior, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Çanakkale Victory and the Martyrs' Day, on 18 March 1934.

Thanks Steve,
I think that moment was covered in Russel Crowes movie The Water Diviner.

Indeed, very moving.

Thanks Steve, I must admit I did enjoy talking with our new breed of soldier after the service and march. They were as interested in the old army as I was in the new Army. They were also very interested in our club and what we do for the real veterans

Well done Steve, glad you all had a perfect day.

I celebrated Anzac Day with the Aussie and Kiwi Officers when I was stationed at Ft Leavenworth. Crazy mates, but a great time of mutual respect for those who serve in uniform for their country, side by side with other soldiers.

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