ANZAC Day...May we never forget the sacrifice of our friends.

centermass556centermass556 Senior MemberPosts: 3,508 Senior Member
"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
Here 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."
"To have really lived, you must have almost died. To those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."

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  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,788 Senior Member
    With respect... :usa: to our New Zealand and Australian military allies.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,009 Senior Member
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    Brothers in arms!! :usa:
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,702 Senior Member
    They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
    Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
    They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
    They fell with their faces to the foe.

    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.

    They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
    They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
    They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
    They sleep beyond England's foam

    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.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • AntonioAntonio Senior Member Posts: 2,327 Senior Member
    Their performance against the Japs in WWII during the Kokoda Track campaign (Papua, New Guinea) was outstanding, considering the hardships they had to endure fighting a ruthless enemy.
  • Dr. dbDr. db Senior Member Posts: 1,541 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    With respect... :usa: to our New Zealand and Australian military allies.

    D

    Yup. My dad was in Queensland and New Guinea. Good guys.
  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,624 Senior Member
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,492 Senior Member
    For all our fighting men and women, no matter where their from,

    A SOLDIERS SACRIFICE

    Miles away from home a soldier lies
    He risks his life, he's willing to die
    He does all this to see our flag fly high
    What most people don't understand
    Is our lives are in his hands
    They keep us safe and take a stand
    They see some horrible things first hand
    To be back home he will no longer yearn
    For being a soldier is a difficult task
    Many will not hesistate to ask why
    Why do soldiers risk their lives or even die
    Of course to see our flag fly high
    And that is the most honorable way to say goodbye
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  • samzheresamzhere Banned Posts: 10,923 Senior Member
    I've known some Anzackers and they were all great guys. My cap's off to them and to their memories.

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,836 Senior Member
    An ANZAC day salute to an honorable ally.... :usa:
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  • centermass556centermass556 Senior Member Posts: 3,508 Senior Member
    Of all the Foriegn Soldiers I have served with, The ANZAC were among the best, if not the best. It is almost like the whole dang Corp of them are cut from a super soldier factory...

    Couldn't ask for better friends to be by your side or have your back..
    "To have really lived, you must have almost died. To those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know."
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,836 Senior Member
    Of all the Foriegn Soldiers I have served with, The ANZAC were among the best, if not the best. It is almost like the whole dang Corp of them are cut from a super soldier factory...

    Couldn't ask for better friends to be by your side or have your back..

    And they bring HUGE cans of beer....
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,794 Senior Member
    Met some ANZAC over the years; last time a few years ago in Washington, D.C. Always a great bunch of guys, and gals, to meet, especially in such hostile territory(D.C. is hostile territory).

    In remembrance to our allies on their Memorial Day. :usa:
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  • Vic's ViewpointVic's Viewpoint Senior Member Posts: 1,119 Senior Member
    I recall reading that back then (WWII), New Zealand was
    a small country of two million people. Accordingly, the
    price they paid in lives back then was correspondingly high,
    percentage-wise. There's no denying the fact that New
    Zealanders are brave and loyal people, as well as gifted
    soldiers and true patriots. May God bless them all.
    Member formerly known as "vlafrank."
  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,985 Senior Member
    Great Allies, we need to remember who our true friends really are in this Topsy-Turvy world we live in today.

    I salute them :usa::usa::usa:
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,263 Senior Member
    One of the most enjoyable short assignments I've ever had was a 6-day TDY to RAF Amberley near Brisbane Australia. We left Clark AB Phillipines with a bunch of C-130's to participate in some war games with Australia. While most of the troop carrier planes went to Japan to transport a bunch of US Marines to "invade" Australia, a couple of plane loads of Air Force technicians and equipment headed south to set up a forward operation location and maintenance. While the Aussies were busy kicking Marine butts, we fixed a few airplanes and then had a 6-day party.

    A trip through the barracks area at Amberley found a typical Austrailian Air Force party- - - -four Sergeants and a keg of beer! They were generous, and shared with us. Slight variations of that scenario were repeated frequently, and the food we were served in the base chow halls was good, and plentiful. I never did develop a taste for something called "kidney pie", however!

    Warriors of all countries share a common bond, even the ones from places we don't necessarily count as friends. It takes a special brand of patriotism to put one's life on the line for his nation- - - -especially when the politicians who command those troops are a bunch of corrupt, conniving weasels unworthy of the degree of devotion their warriors display.
    :iwo:
    Jerry
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,702 Senior Member
    I recall reading that back then (WWII), New Zealand was
    a small country of two million people. Accordingly, the
    price they paid in lives back then was correspondingly high,
    percentage-wise. There's no denying the fact that New
    Zealanders are brave and loyal people, as well as gifted
    soldiers and true patriots. May God bless them all.

    We have traditionally played 'above our weight'.

    Here are some stats from WWI

    •The total population of New Zealand in 1914 was just over one million.
    •In all, more than 120,000 New Zealanders enlisted, of whom around 103,000 served overseas.
    •A total of 2227 Maori and around 460 Pacific Islanders served overseas with the New Zealand forces.
    •11 Victoria Crosses were won by soldiers serving with New Zealand forces.
    •At least 3370 New Zealanders served in the Australian or British imperial forces, winning a further five Victoria Crosses.
    •In all, 550 nurses served with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and many others enlisted in the United Kingdom.
    •Around 18,500 New Zealanders died in or because of the war, and about 41,000 were wounded. More than 2700 died at Gallipoli and 12,500 on the Western Front.


    New Zealand and the Second World War


    The Second World War was the greatest conflict ever to engulf the world. It took the lives of 50 million people, including one in every 150 New Zealanders, and shaped the world that we have lived in ever since.

    New Zealand was involved for all but three of the 2179 days of the war — a commitment on a par only with Britain and Australia. It was a war in which New Zealanders gave their greatest national effort — on land, on the sea and in the air — and a war that New Zealanders fought globally, from Egypt, Italy and Greece to Japan and the Pacific.

    The impact on the home front was considerable. The nature of the Second World War not only gave impetus to New Zealanders' developing sense of identity but also greatly increased their confidence in their role in the world.

    Quick facts and figures:
    • The population of New Zealand in 1940 was about 1,600,000.
    •About 140,000 New Zealand men and women served, 104,000 in 2NZEF, the rest in the British or New Zealand naval or air forces.
    •Fatal casualties during the conflict numbered 11,928 (Commonwealth War Graves Commission figures).
    •Post-war calculations indicated that New Zealand's ratio of killed per million of population (at 6684) was the highest in the Commonwealth (with Britain at 5123 and Australia, 3232).
    •In contrast to its entry into the First World War, New Zealand acted in its own right by formally declaring war on Germany on 3 September (unlike Australia, which held that the King's declaration, as in 1914, automatically extended to all his Dominions).




    Involvement in both world wars was instrumental in creating our national identity as 'Kiwi's'. Until the 'socialists came to power, NZer's had very strong bonds with the USA and regarded Americans as brothers & sisters. A lot of that has been destroyed by the 'left' but older generations still feel that way.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,825 Senior Member
    They also inspired the most awesome oatmeal cookie ever. The mothers and wives of the ANZAC troopers came up with a cookie that needed to survive the three month trip to the WW1 front. It was the consistency of hardtack. Mine are soft and chewy and seem to last hours at most.


    Ingredients

    1 cup regular oats
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    3 tablespoons water
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    2 tablespoons golden cane syrup (such as Lyle's) or light-colored corn syrup
    Cooking spray


    OPTIONAL!!: I have added craisins to mine. They cut the sweetness and add a nutritional boost. Depends on how faithful you wanna be to the original.

    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 325°.

    Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Add water, margarine, and syrup; stir well. Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 12 minutes or until almost set. Remove from oven; let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until firm. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
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