Apr 252015
 

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This year marks 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. Anzac Day is a special day when we commemorate all those who served in the wars.

This day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. We remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
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The name Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
Anzac Day tradition

Ode

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.

The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914.

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Why is this day special to Australians? Read more here.

Feb 072010
 

On the first anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires, we solemnly remember the devastation caused by the fires around our State of Victoria.

 

We remember those who died, families who lost everything, the injured, the firefighters, the volunteers & all those affected. When a disaster like this one rears it's ugly being it does affect the whole nation. ..... it's almost unbelievable that something like this could happen.

Ferocious, wild, incomprhensible were some of the the words used to describe this event which is marked down as one of the worst fire in Australia's history. The State recorded over 400 individual fires; Temperatures reached 45C; 173 live were lost; 414 people injured; 2029 homes were destroyed; the total loss of animal life is unknown.... the list is long.

So many have been profoundly affected, yet in the midst of a disaster something happens to humanity - we become 'human'. We open our hearts and reach out to those in need. Many will actually forget themselves so that they can give of their time & energy to help all those affected; People will gather together to pray; and many will open their own homes to the needy.

Articles of Interest

The Black Day That Won't Go Away

How Kindness and Hope Rose from the Ashes of Disaster

Wear a Yellow Ribbon and remember.

Australia Red Cross Bushfire Appeal

The Horror - Photos

The Heroes - Photos

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Today, we remember & pray for so many - Thank you dear Lord that you will comfort, heal, help, encourage and bless them all.