ANZAC Day – Some gave all

ANZAC Day – For Skippy

I made this video some time ago for Skippy, my father in law.

Some of the photos in the video were taken by him at Nui Dat.

He was an Aussie serving with the NZ Army…he trained at Puckapunyal, Canungra, and Singleton…many of the places mentioned in this song he has been to.


ANZAC Day – For our Aussie mates


ANZAC Day – For our American friends

ANZAC Day – Lest we forget



Original Post: 25 April 2006

This is my ANZAC Day trib­ute post­ing. ANZAC Day means a great deal for me and my fam­ily. I sup­pose it is because we have a con­nec­tion to the orig­i­nal ANZACS in 1915 and Gal­lipoli and to a vet­eran of a war much fresher in our minds, Viet Nam.

Firstly I pay trib­ute to my Great Grand-father Harry Crozier. I never really knew him, he died many years ago. Harry served in the Gal­lipoli cam­paign and thank­fully came home alive albeit with only one working leg. I know he spent con­sid­er­able time in Rotorua con­va­lesc­ing and learned to carve maori carv­ings as part of his reha­bil­i­ta­tion.

The sec­ond per­son I pay trib­ute to is a guy who truly epit­o­mises the ANZAC spirit. He is an Aussie, liv­ing in New Zealand who fought for New Zealand in Viet Nam. He is mar­ried to a Kiwi and has three Kiwi kids, and four Kiwi grand kids. He is also my Father-in-law.

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ANZAC Day – The band played Waltzing Matilda


ANZAC Day – General Debate

Fiona Goodall / via Stuff

Fiona Goodall / via Stuff

I am a staunch supporter of our armed forces, both current and past.

ANZAC Day is solemnly observed.

As a result, there will be no non-ANZAC related posts until midday.

Feel free to use this General Debate thread to share your ANZAC stories, be that direct, or indirect. Be they about your own family, or someone you know or knew.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

ANZAC Day – Face of the Day

This is my father in law, when he was at Nui Dat in Vietnam in 1966


41873 Gnr Atkins KG, 161 Bty, Nui Dat, Vietnam, 1966

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ANZAC Day – Dawn Service

This video is from 2013. I will try to record this years dawn service…and will have to post it when I get back to Istanbul.

Guest Post – The USA remembers the ANZACs (do we honour them back?)

USS Arizona Memorial  Photo/ Alwyn Poole

USS Arizona Memorial Photo/ Alwyn Poole

By Alwyn Poole

Each year approximately 1,600,000 people visit the Pearl Harbour Memorial sites on Oahu and many New Zealanders are among them.

Last week Karen Poole and I has the privilege of spending a day between the:

You can think that you are prepared and that you have thought these things through before and have organised your intellectual and emotional response. Nothing was further from the truth and in the days since my thoughts have been quick to return to what was there – seen, heard, experienced. A lot of it is reflecting on this event with ANZAC Day so close.

I can add nothing to what the history of the event tells us but a summery is appropriate here (without hope of doing it justice). World War Two had been raging and Japan had been active militarily since July 7 1937. The USA had, by and large, stayed out of the war but was massively concerned about Japanese intentions and actions in the Pacific and had moved a significant fleet to Pearl Harbour. At 6am on December 7th 1941 Japan launched waves of fighter, torpedo and bomber aircraft in a surprise attack from undetected aircraft carriers that had sailed from Japan. They attacked airfields and the fleet at Pearl Harbour. ¬†¬† Read more »