Friday, April 25, 2008

Lest we forget

Ninety three years ago Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) forces landed on Turkish soil at the Gallipoli peninsula to commence a nine month campaign that ultimately would end in military failure but give birth to a legend that we remember with growing reverence every year.
 
Few people would also know that ninety years ago today, Australian and New Zealand foces liberated the town of Villers-Bretonneux in northern France. The retaking of the town marked an end of the German offensive that had commenced at the beginning of 1918 and ended any real chances the German forces had on victory in the First World War. There would still be over six months of bloody fighting till Armistice on November 11, 1918 of which ANZACs would remain intimately involved. (for more info see my Battlefields site at http://www.ciaops.com/guides/battle)
 
Gallipoli is rightly the focus of the nation as it marks a true  becoming a nation in our collective consciousness. It should also be the focus of the contributions made by all those who have served, died, returned and continue to serve. It is heartening to witness this growing recognition of the contribution these people, past and present, have made to the nation we now call home.
 
Lest we forget.