This time next week, on the 25th of April, Australians and New Zealanders will commemorate ANZAC Day.
The Ode of Remembrance has been recited to commemorate wartime service and sacrifice since 1921. The Ode is the 4th stanza of the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon.
In 1919, Binyon’s poem was selected to accompany the unveiling of the London Cenotaph and was adopted as a memorial tradition by many Commonwealth nations. The poem was read at the laying of the Inauguration Stone at the Australian War Memorial in 1929.
Ode of Remembrance
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.
We will remember them
Lest we forget
At this time it is important to remember all the woman who have served or who are serving in the Defence Forces in the many varied roles. We remember our nurses, doctors, and VADs, as well as the women who worked on the land ensuring the nation remained fed. Of equal importance are all the mothers, wives, sisters and sweethearts, who “kept the home fires burning……”.
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Always beautiful and moving.
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Yes, gets to me each and every time too.
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I know embarrassingly little about ANZAC Day, but you’ve made me want to learn more. I recently read The Hello Girls, about female telephone operators who went to France during World War 1. Their story was fascinating.
Well, Danielle, you’ve returned the favour, by sending me down the rabbit hole to learn more about the Hello Girls. Off to the Library today to order the book. Thank you 🙂