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Australians in other lands (2)

Today is Anzac Day – the day we remember the sacrifice of Australian soldiers who fought for our country. The prologue from marches and services held today begins: “We are assembled here to commemorate the immortal day when the young men of Australia by their deeds and sacrifice demonstrated to the world at Gallipoli that Australia was truly a nation.”

World War 1 (1914-1918) following so soon after Federation (see Monday’s post) was the first major occasion when Australian troops fought as Australians rather than as subjects of the British Crown. It had a significant role in our development as a nation and remains deep within the sentiment of Australian’s today.

A huge number of young men died at a time when our population was still small. After the war, monuments sprung up in nearly every town as there was barely a place untouched by tragic loss. Lawson is one such town with an imposing monument and also a garden of now mature trees.

Photo: Anzac Day Service, Honour Avenue, Lawson
Read the interesting history of this monument
at the mid blue mountains history site.

Words to walk with:
The Ode used in commemoration services today comes
from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon

“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.”