A Special Six Word Saturday

Six word Saturday buttonHow quickly the weeks pass and it’s already Saturday again and time for Six Word Saturday.  If you would like to participate please either click on the picture above or click this link.


Anzac Day

This is a solemn Saturday for those of us in New Zealand and Australia.  Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles. Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians. To this day, Australia also marks the events of 25 April. Among the dead were 2779 New Zealanders, about a fifth of those who served on Gallipoli.

At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.

I wrote extensively about this day on April 25 2011, April 25 2012 and again on April 25 2013.  Click on the dates to read the posts.

 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.
From  For The Fallen
Lawrence Binyon, English poet, dramatist and art scholar. 1869 – 1943

5 responses to “A Special Six Word Saturday

  1. This Anzac Day marks the centenary of the Gallipoli ANZAC landing.
    Our TV Channels here in Australia did bring special programs about the different services which were all especially well attended.


  2. My mother’s young cousin Willy survived Gallipoli and the Egypt campaign, but was killed on the Somme. As the song says, they really were lambs to the slaughter. Btw, I think the singer on your link to ‘The Band played Waltzing Matilda” is Luke Kelly (one of the original Dubliners) not John Williams – he had a very distinctive voice.


    • Thanks for the comment Cat – and when I click on the link in the earlier post it now shows The Pogues. Very curious but a song worth listening to by whoever is singing it.


      • WordPress does some funny things sometimes! Yes, that is a very powerful song and anyway, I love Luke Kelly – he was one of my favourite singers.


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