Tuesday 21st August 2018

A.N.Z.A.C. Day Memories. 2018.36.

A.N.Z.A.C. Day Memories. 2018.36.

A.N.Z.A.C. Day is always a special day of remembrance and commemoration for me.

In fact, since I was a girl in the Brownies when I took part in A.N.Z.A.C. Day Marches in Manly and onto the days of me leading an A.N.Z.A.C Day Service with students, staff and parents at my schools, I remember the solemnity, the sacrifice and the personal connections to me.

You see, if my paternal grandfather had not enlisted in Wollongong aged almost 21 and been sent to France with his Australian regiment (even though he was Scottish-born ( his allegiance was Australian and to the Crown), he would not have met his future bride, my paternal grandmother, as he was recovering.  in a British Military Hospital, from being poisoned by gas out on patrol retrieving bodies.  They married in Australia after the war and my father (b 1924) was their second child and first son.

Instead of more words…because I can go on…I am including some pictorial memories of mine.

This coming A.N.Z.A.C Day I may view the traditional march in my local area. I will honour those who have fallen and those who fought for us all at 11.00 a.m. with a minute’s silence. It is a day I respect and honour.

And a little quirk of mine is that I never write A.N.Z.A.C without the fullstops as each letter stands for a word:

Australia

New

Zealand

Army

Corps

What are your memories of A.N.Z.A.C. Day?

Do you know of a family member or friend who has served the country?

Has anyone you know or love not returned?

It is not a day to celebrate anything. It IS a day to commemorate:

LEST
WE
FORGET

Denyse.

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Comments

  1. My four kids are walking with their grandfather this year. I am so proud of them and him for everything and it is an honour just to be here, safe and happy.

  2. My daughter used to march with brownies. It was nice to see so many turn out to pay their respects.

    • That is lovely. There are schools up here where the children come and join the march too. It is a solemn yet tender event for the children. Many schools had their services before the term ended too.

      Denyse x

  3. I honestly struggle with ANZAC Day. Commemorating is important but I find myself personally conflicted with the risk of it instead glamorizing war and using funds that could be used to help veterans right now who aren’t getting the care and support they need. I’m very conflicted on it. I also don’t have any personal connection to the day.

    • I understand your viewpoint so much.

      I just have to continue to write about it and remember.

      I agree that returned Vets need more help especially in mental health services. I often wonder how those Aussie diggers in WW1 felt when sent into the fields because I know so many who survived would not ever speak of it.

      Denyse x

  4. I don’t have any personal connection to any particular people but I do have a connection to the day itself. I’m grateful to all the servicemen past and present whose service allows us the freedom we enjoy today. We were at the Australian War Memorial a few weeks ago, it’s such a fitting tribute. Such a great story about your grandparents – I do love a happy ending!

    • It is what it is all about – gratitude and remembrance.

      The Australian War Memorial is one place I always visit when I am in Canberra and from the time I was a child I have had an appreciation of the sacrifice.

      I did wonder why I “knew no-one” on the walls but it seems until you have access to all the family history that can be a challenge.

      However, yes it is a good story about my paternal grandparents even though tragically my grandfather died as a result of a workplace accident in 1935, leaving my grandmother a widow with 4 children to raise. My Dad was 11. He has few memories of his father. The unfortunate part of the death even moreso is that my grandmother remained a rather angry and sad woman. Too much to more of that story!!

      Denyse x

  5. We don’t have Anzac Day in the United States. We have Veteran”s Day which honors all veterans, and Memorial Day, which honors all the dead, but especially Veterans. Our parades tend to be on July 4th, honoring our countries independence. Veterans almost always march in these parades.

    • I knew you had both of those days in the US but I wasn’t completely sure of their purpose.

      We here in Australia are grateful for the role played by the US in the pacific region during WW2.

      I believe quite a lot of Aussie women were on their way to the US following the war as did my grandmother come from England to Australia after WW1.

      Thank you for sharing!

      Denyse

  6. Being a U.S. Veteran, I salute all those who have served. I have learned about ANZAC Day through blogs like this. Thanks #MLSTL

  7. ANZAC day was always a “thing” we did for school and then it seemed to almost fade into obscurity for several years. I’m not sure what brought about the resurgence in remembering this day but it’s now a huge event – and even more “religious” than Christmas and Good Friday for closing shops and keeping the day sacred. It’s nice that you have a happy family memory attached to the day.

    Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

    • It is indeed a day which is both solemn and full of nostalgia.

      In high school I studied Modern History to HSC level and one of my essays was about Gallipoli and WW1.

      I have always been a keen historian and now my daughter is, particularly in her role as a Teacher/Libarian in a large K-6 school.

      Thanks for sharing your memories too.

      Denyse

  8. It certainly is a day of commemoration rather than celebration, and realising how our own histories are shaped by what went before. It’s interesting to read your views on writing ‘A.N.Z.A.C.’ It’s an area which creates some discussion and which I’ve delved into before – mainly as a writer and editor for government agencies. The word is used both as both a noun and as an acronym (Macquarie Dictionary gives it two separate listings as such – Anzac or ANZAC) so I use different spellings according to what form of the word I’m using. When a noun it’s a proper noun, so must have a capital. It’s interesting that Department of Veteran Affairs (the body who lays down and manages the rules governing use of the term), government agencies and the vast majority of media outlets use ‘Anzac’, whereas the RSL prefers the capitalisation – even though their own media guidelines suggest using ‘Anzac’. And that’s not even thinking about the full stops…I actually love that the word has become so part of our national identity and entrenched in our language that it has become a separate entity, like Qantas.

  9. I have a great uncle buried at Villers Bretonneux, my Dad served in New Guinea in WWII as well as some uncles plus my husband is a Vietnam Veteran who was called up for National Service. Thanks for sharing your memories if ANZAC day with us at Midlife Share the Love party, Denyse.

    • So hard to read the stories of those you are related to. My Dad was not able to enlist as he worked in a ‘protected industry’ i.e. the Steelworks at Port Kembla. Even though he was in the admin area he could not enlist. It bothers him still! So I think the day becomes one of regret but also sadness for him as he recalls that whilst his Dad came home from the war, he died in 1935.

      My husband did not have his ‘birthdate’ come out in the ballot but I sure do remember how it felt for many of the young men I knew. Some were at Uni and could pass, I think. My brother in law became a reservist to avoid Vietnam. And, my younger brother got called up….and then Gough Whitlam abolished the national conscription program. My mum was over the moon!

      Thanks for sharing too.
      Denyse x

  10. This is great Denyse. I wrote a post about this last year and how my grandfather was in the British Army iut never talked of it. He didn’t march either but was a member of the RSL. It was ironic that he died on A.N.Z.A.C Day Visiting from #mlstl

    • Oh…he died on A.N.Z.A.C. Day, how sad.

      My late father-in-law never shared his stories from the war nor did he march.

      From what I understand, the memories of what they saw and had to do were not ones they wanted to articulate.

      Denyse x

  11. Love the story about your paternal Grandfather Denyse, and how he met your grandmother. I have a cope of the letter that my grandmother’s brother wrote to their mother. He was killed at war in France and is buried there. It’s a very sad story. I find ANZAC day a very moving and emotional day. #TeamLovinLife

    • Oh my, that is a sad story. I found myself tearing up just watching the March on TV. I think it must be a lot to do with the fact that on this ONE day we do seem as one here in Australia and we want to show our respect and appreciation.

      Denyse x

  12. I don’t think anyone in my family served in the wars, although I honestly wouldn’t know as I know nothing about my fathers family and I only know back to my great grandparents on mums side. How lovely that your grandad met your grandmother while recovering though, it’s nice to have something positive come out of it after being surrounded by such tragedy. #teamIBOT

    • Thank you Toni. It was a nice story. However the romantic nature of it certainly disappeared through the reality of the Great Depression where the family had grown to 4 children and many men, including my grandfather, had to move to get work. Then finally getting a job, he was fatally damaged in his workplace and my Dad had no father from age 11.

      Interestingly too is that the war was/is rarely spoken about by those who fought and returned home. I think now we know how all-encompassing PTSD is, these men and women may have been treated better. We are still not doing that well even today. Sad to say.

      Denyse x

  13. We always attend our local Anzac Day march and service. I think it’s extremely important to keep the tradition going of honouring our war heroes and those who never returned from war. I had a great uncle killed on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915 at the age of 19 years. I remember his photo from my great grandmother’s house. #TeamLovinLife

    • How sad about your great Uncle. I am certain there would be many houses like that of your great grandparents with photos like that.

      Having seen many ‘posed’ photos from that time, before the young men left, I think there may have been the thought that it was one way to ‘remember’.

      Thank you for sharing your story too.

      Denyse x

  14. I must admit I don’t remember much about Anzac Day as a kid other than the little blue patches we bought to wear.

    Other than a great great great uncle (first person to set foot on Gallipoli) we really had no close connection with ‘war’ as a family. My paternal grandfather was a cook in the army (ironic given his surname) but it wasn’t something he ever spoke about and I only knew that cos he was very self-sufficient in terms of making his own brekkie and meals (though my step-nanna was an avid cook).

    • How interesting. I wonder that the little blue patches represented? New to me. I know we encouraged students to bring flowers and rosemary so we made up small bunches and even a wreath or two for our at school ceremonies.

      Wow, that is one statistic isn’t it about your relative at Gallipoli.

      The war was rarely spoken about it many families. It was the same in mine. I have my stories from Dad who could re-tell them about his Mum and Dad.

      Love the ‘cook’ story!

      Thanks Deb. Great to see your name come up in comments

      Denyse x

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