ANZAC Day 2021

Those heroes that shed their blood
And lost their lives.
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers,
Who sent their sons from far away countries
Wipe away your tears,
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
And are in peace
After having lost their lives on this land they have
Become our sons as well.

 In 1934, Kemal Atatürk delivered these words to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the Gallipoli battlefields. They were later inscribed on a monolith at Ari Burnu Cemetery (ANZAC Beach) which was unveiled in 1985. The words also appear on the Kemal Atatürk Memorial, Canberra, and the Atatürk Memorial in Wellington.

Let us take this day to remember all those, from Australia and New Zealand who gave their lives, not only in 75(NZ) Squadron RAF, but in every conflict before and after.

We shall remember them………….

AHE AKE KIA KAHA

4 thoughts on “ANZAC Day 2021

  1. Phil Ellis

    My Father, Gordon Ellis (a Canadian), flew with the 75(nz) during the war. In the 90’s (can’t remember the exact year) he and my Mom went to Australia and my Father marched in the ANZAC day parade. It was a real highlight for him. Hope to get to Australia one of these days and would like to visit the 75(nz). Cheers.

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  2. Ian Box

    My father was in 75(NZ) and lost three members of his crew – all New Zealanders. My father-in-law flew with 102 (Ceylon) and lost one member of his crew – an Aussie. These and all the others lost were real heroes from the greatest generation there has been. God bless them all. We are grateful for your sacrifice

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