Anzac Day at Kranji
I was up 4.45am and on a bus at 5.30am. It was 30C with 90% humidity, very steamy. There was an excellent turn out, with representatives from Australia, New Zealand, England, India, Singapore, Germany, Japan and Turkey and others that I can't recall now.
I must admit to getting a tear in the eye, actually quite emotional, during the service. The Turkish representative read out the words of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
"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." Ataturk 1934
Just thinking about what the poor buggers had to go through, both here, in Gallipoli and in all wars, was nearly to much to handle.
The utter stupidity of fighting each other was very apparent.
I laid a poppy on the grave of an unknown Australian soldier, one among many. Then imbibed a gunfire breakfast (shot of rum).
In case you don't know ANZAC day commemorates all those who have fallen in service of Australia and New Zealand. It is not a glorification of war, but a reminder not to forget the sacrifices some have laid down for our freedom.
"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."
Lest we forget