My family is no different. My father served in World War II. He returned. Many did not. For our overseas readers, April 25, ANZAC Day is the day we pay special tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for the freedoms we enjoy in Australia and New Zealand. Why April 25? It is the day that marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I.
For some reason, perhaps because The Last Post was played at my father’s funeral, I always think of him, in rememberance, on ANZAC Day rather than other days that may personally be more significant such as his birthday or the anniversary of his death.
Dad, I’ve really missed you. I wish you hadn’t left us.
The video below is not from an ANZAC Day ceremony, but I liked the visuals accompanying The Last Post.
- They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
- Straight of limb, true of eyes, 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.