Thank you

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  1. BudW

    BudW New Member

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_iz8z2AGw&feature=related]YouTube - Military Taps[/ame]


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsQVQCYcBzI&feature=related]YouTube - The Brother That Never Returned Home[/ame]


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8YMg8gD2A&feature=related]YouTube - Dedication to all of our fallen soldiers[/ame]


    THANK YOU VETERANS!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. dunerunner

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    Thank you for your sacrifice and service to your country. We will never forget!! [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kX_3y3u5Uo[/ame]
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  3. zhuk

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    Indeed. A debt of gratitude is owed to all our veterans on Remembrance Day.


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    AND THE BAND PLAYED WALTZING MATILDA

    Now when I was a young man I carried me pack
    And I lived the free life of the rover.
    From the Murray’s green basin to the dusty outback,
    Well, I waltzed my Matilda all over.
    Then in 1915, my country said, “Son,
    It’s time you stop ramblin’, there’s work to be done.”
    So they gave me a tin hat, and they gave me a gun,
    And they marched me away to the war.

    And the band played “Waltzing Matilda,”
    As the ship pulled away from the quay,
    And amidst all the cheers, the flag waving, and tears,
    We sailed off for Gallipoli.

    And how well I remember that terrible day,
    How our blood stained the sand and the water;
    And of how in that hell that they call Suvla Bay
    We were butchered like lambs at the slaughter.
    Johnny Turk, he was waitin’, he primed himself well;
    He showered us with bullets, and he rained us with shell –
    And in five minutes flat, he’d blown us all to hell,
    Nearly blew us right back to Australia.

    But the band played “Waltzing Matilda,”
    When we stopped to bury our slain,
    Well, we buried ours, and the Turks buried theirs,
    Then we started all over again.

    And those that were left, well, we tried to survive
    In that mad world of blood, death and fire.
    And for ten weary weeks I kept myself alive
    Though around me the corpses piled higher.
    Then a big Turkish shell knocked me arse over head,
    And when I woke up in me hospital bed
    And saw what it had done, well, I wished I was dead –
    Never knew there was worse things than dying.

    For I’ll go no more “Waltzing Matilda,”
    All around the green bush far and free –
    To hump tents and pegs, a man needs both legs,
    No more “Waltzing Matilda” for me.

    So they gathered the crippled, the wounded, the maimed,
    And they shipped us back home to Australia.
    The armless, the legless, the blind, the insane,
    Those proud wounded heroes of Suvla.
    And as our ship sailed into Circular Quay,
    I looked at the place where me legs used to be,
    And thanked Christ there was nobody waiting for me,
    To grieve, to mourn and to pity.

    But the band played “Waltzing Matilda,”
    As they carried us down the gangway,
    But nobody cheered, they just stood and stared,
    Then they turned all their faces away.

    And so now every April, I sit on my porch
    And I watch the parade pass before me.
    And I see my old comrades, how proudly they march,
    Reviving old dreams of past glory,
    And the old men march slowly, all bones stiff and sore,
    They’re tired old heroes from a forgotten war
    And the young people ask “What are they marching for?”
    And I ask meself the same question.

    But the band plays “Waltzing Matilda,”
    And the old men still answer the call,
    But as year follows year, more old men disappear
    Someday, no one will march there at all.

    Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda.
    Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?
    And their ghosts may be heard as they march by the billabong,
    Who’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda with me?


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlYynHmE8b0]YouTube - ANZAC Legend Begins - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda[/ame]
     
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  4. 2hot2handle

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    Thank you all who have, are and will serve. A debt that we who have not will never be able to repay. Thank you
     
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  6. TXnorton

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    Zhuk:

    Sobering poem there. The Gallipolli campaign was a disaster for the ANZAC forces. The real tragedy was the callous disregard that the British commanders had for the "colonial" troops. The Brits used the Aussies and Kiwis as cannon fodder.
     
  7. jwhirl413

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    I also wanted to thank all of those that have faithfully served this country. You have given me and my family freedoms that few on this earth have. It is a great honor to converse with you guys daily and I am in debt to all of you. You all have knowledge that has taught me many things this past year, and today of all days I just wanted to say thanks.
     
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    Thank you veterans for all that you do and have done for our country!
     
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    Thank you for your service [​IMG]

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  10. NitroxAZ

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    Thanks to all who serve this great land of ours - Past, Present and Future.
     
  11. orangello

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    Thank you Veterans, current soldiers, and fallen soldiers for your sacrifices that allow me to live a relatively carefree life with many wonderful freedoms. Thanks!
     
  12. Persuasive

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    The freedoms that have been fought for and continue to be fought for are never looked over. Thank you time and time again for our nation.
     
  13. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Unfortunately all too true. The ANZACS were also landed in the wrong place to start with, at (what became known as) ANZAC Cove which was immensely steep & heavily fortified.

    They really didn't stand a chance...it was this courageous battle against impossible odds which we hold in such awe today. It may have been a military disaster, but became the watershed event for our emergence as an independent nation - which is why ANZAC Day (April 26) is really commemorated in the public's hearts as our defacto National Day, rather than Australia Day (Jan 1) which marks European settlement in 1788.