Every year Australians and New Zealanders pause to remember and honour the brave ANZAC troops that landed on the beach at Gallipoli [Turkey] on April 25 1915. A tragic encounter, for both sides. That is the face of war. Men fighting for home and country. Their own and those of their allies. On this day we also commemorate all our troops that served in the armed forces. Men and women alike irrespective of age or rank, or where they served, they are all considered heroes of their nation.

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

Lest We Forget

Give Away Winners

On a happier note, it is also time to announce my giveaway winners and to say a big thank you to all who entered. Thank You all and if you missed out I suspect I will have another giveaway soon for my upcoming half century [eeeeks!!]. But first.. the winners;

Have A Lovely Week Everyone

 Artwork  [copyright beingRuby©]


beachcomber said...

hi julie, hope you had a nice day off too.. congratulations to the winners!

La Petite Gallery said...

Julie, Aussie's have always been
family to America. So many Irish fled to America and Australia.
Yes in many wars we fought as brothers. That is a beautiful Poem
The photo is lovely and I know one happy person today, learning they won that beautiful art work. Big hug to you my sweet Julie.

Renée Finberg said...

someone is a lucky gal this morning.

what a nice post.
and ANYTHING with a horse in it makes me swoon.

xx thank you for your support & love

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Such a nice tribute, Julie.
Congratulations to the winners!!!
Happy Wednesday.

Giulia said...

A somber anniversary & thank you for the reminder, Julie. xoxo

Blondie's Journal said...

A wonderful tribute, Julie! It was all new to me so thanks for sharing. And thank you so much for having a great giveaway! I am so happy to be a winner! Your photographs are unbelievably wonderful and I'll be proud to own two!


Loree said...

I love that poem, it always gives me the shivers. My great grandfather was at Gallipoli and the Dardanelles with the allies. I have a photo of him in his uniform. It's one of my most treasured possessions.

Sue said...

How interesting! The added benefit of blogging is learning so much about faraway places and lives. Congrats to Jane...exciting!

You will make it past the half is almost painless if you don't think about it too long!

Mary said...

What a lovely post and poem. It brought tears to my eyes. No, we must not forget. But i am happy for Virginia and Jane. Two lucky ladies! :)

Jennifer Beaudet said...

What a nice post in honor of the soldiers. They deserve it! Congratulations to your winners! Lucky, lucky girls!
Hope your week is going great!

Sharon said...

My dad served in the U.S. Airforce during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific during some of the most horrific fighting. After many, many, many months he was granted 4 weeks leave. These weeks were spent in Australia and New Zealand. The only thing he would ever speak about from that time in his life was how truly beyond wonderful the Australian & New Zealand people had been to him. He would never forget the kindness shown him. It took a lot for my dad to cry. Every time he would share his stories of those precious days, there were tears in his eyes.

I will say a prayer for the heroes of your nation, and say Thank You to everyone for my dad.

Carla said...

I always feel homesick when Anzac Day comes around..when the bugle sounds the Last Post and these words are read it is always extremely moving.
Lovely post Julie
Carla x
I noticed my friend Virginia was one of your giveaway winners Yayay!!
Carla x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good heavens, this is a magnificent PHOTO!!!! BRAVO JULIE! Anita

Petit Coterie said...

What a fantastic tribute. Thank you for sharing the poem.

rjerdee said...

Congrats to the winner!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Wonderful post and photos Julie! Hooray for the winners! Happy girls...I am sure! Have a great weekend my friend. :)

Charlotta Ward said...

Lest we forget indeed!
Happy ANZAC day to you Julie - hope you enjoyed good weather, lovely parades and some crunchy ANZAC biscuits!

The photo is fantastic!

Also congrats to the lucky winners!

Hugs from the Northern hemisphere.

x Charlotta

Relyn Lawson said...

I loved reading this little bit of history and sharing it with my daughter. When she studied Australia they made and devoured Anzacs - the cookie. Since then my Mom has taken them to three different potlucks with great success.