I came across a poem in a copy of a school magazine (April 1918, see picture below).
It was written when the First World War was still happening. My thoughts have been on April 25th. Anzac Day will be celebrated differently this year - in an individual way.
As we are confronted with the new enemy. The virus - deadly for many, unseen and infectious.
We must all rally to fight this in our country, remembering it is a worldwide CRISIS, and with the same spirit and dedication of our forefathers in battle. Our front-line defenders, the doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel. They are the frontline troops, led by our Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Reflecting on Anzac Day, we will be ever grateful to those who fought and fell for Freedom and Liberty, involved in wars to protect us. Their efforts will always be acknowledged in our annals of history.
The virus has prevented us from partaking in our Dawn Services and Anzac Parades. The homage and thanks to those Service men and women will still take place. They shall never be forgotten by a grateful Nation - those protected will see to that.
My late father and his brother (from the Torrington district) joined up together on 1st May 1916, completing their early training at Armidale. My uncle was killed in action in France 1918. In the condolence letter sent to my grandparents (see picture), are these words: "he passed out of the sight of men by the path of duty and self-sacrifice". Like so many of the young men at that time.
Terrorists and the virus will keep us from celebrating at Gallipoli and in nationwide services. However, each and every one of us will remember Anzac Day.
Lest We Forget.