#11 - least we forget

Monday, November 11, 2013

Today is Remembrance Day in the UK - 11 November, a day marked each year to remember members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

Being from New Zealand and being part of the Commonwealth, today makes me think of Anzac Day, a public holiday back home that is observed every year on the 25th of April, that commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war, and also honours returned servicemen and women. 

The date marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign - and among the dead were 2721 New Zealanders, almost one in every four of those who served on Gallipoli.

Anzac day - least we forget, New Zealand

There has been a lot of poetry written about WW1, and the Anzacs ove the years - the most famous poem probably being In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (May 1915).

This year I came across a some new poems on Anzac Day, written by school students in New Zealand. This one is by Matthew Creahan - a Year 7 pupil from Farm Cove Intermediate...

I'm sure all Australians, New Zealanders and even some others have heard
of Anzac.

But do they all know what Anzac Day really means?

I feel that it is two things. I feel it is both a time of sorrow for all the lives that were lost that day, and a celebration of the courage of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers.

Anzac Day is not just about the one day, 98 years ago in Gallipoli. It is
about all wars, and all of the lives of New Zealand and Australian soldiers that
have been lost.

When the soldiers left their homes, they were not expecting the horror and hardships that went with war. In fact, some young soldiers were actually excited to be going to war. But what they didn't know was that lots of them would not be coming back alive.

During the war, the soldiers had a great spirit. When the soldiers arrived
at Anzac Cove, they knew they were doomed. They faced many disadvantages. They were lower than the enemy, trapped on the beach with no way to retreat, and they had fewer numbers than the Turks.

But the soldiers kept positive and tried their hardest anyway. I think this was an amazing feat of courage and we should all learn from these men.

These men taught us many different lessons. I think some people have learnt
from them, and some haven't.

One thing I think we have learned from these men is that war is very bad. It causes pain, horror and loss that will never be forgotten. Anzac soldiers also taught us that no matter what happens, comradeship, working together to achieve a common goal, and remaining positive provides us with our greatest chance of success in overcoming challenges we may face.

I think Anzac Day is a special day because we get the chance to celebrate the lives of men who fought to defend us as a country, our people and our

nation. I think Anzac Day is an important celebration and a reminder to all, that the soldiers, nurses and others affected by the war should never be

forgotten, least we forget

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2 comments

  1. What a wonderful poem, I always think words and songs and poems evoke such strong emotions and there really is some beautiful remembrance ones out there. Great post showcasing this one :)

    Sarah Elizabeth xx

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