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    ANZAC day

    it is the 25th of April , and the day that I and many others remember the men and women who died in the service of defending our freedom. lest we forget.

    early up for me , cup of coffee with a tot , then on the push bike up the road to where I can watch the sun rise and have my own little dawn service.

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    No trains or buses going early enough to get to a dawn service. Gotta couple of casks of (NZ Aus Saffa & Chile... That's a bit ANZAC) cheap wine and a coupla ANZAC docos D/L to watch.

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    I'm going to watch the Collingwood / Essendon traditional match...

    Lest we Forget.

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    In memory of the ANZAC Lads that died needlessly because of the idiot strategy concocted by the English, that sent them in to die on what they knew was a pointless suicide mission.

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    I left my heart to the sappers round Khe Sanh
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    In memory of the ANZAC Lads that died needlessly because of the idiot strategy concocted by the English, that sent them in to die on what they knew was a pointless suicide mission.
    Should I feel sorry then?

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    Two-up anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Should I feel sorry then?
    only should you forget mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    In memory of the ANZAC Lads that died needlessly because of the idiot strategy concocted by the English, that sent them in to die on what they knew was a pointless suicide mission.
    Should I feel sorry then?
    No,but you should fuck off.

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    The ANZAC Dedication:
    For the Fallen
    by Laurence Binyon

    They shall not grow 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.
    We will remember them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    Should I feel sorry then?

    interesting twist Marmite...I'll have to think about that one before I come up with an answer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan B
    No trains or buses going early enough to get to a dawn service. Gotta couple of casks of (NZ Aus Saffa & Chile... That's a bit ANZAC) cheap wine and a coupla ANZAC docos D/L to watch.
    Bollox PB: I took three vans yesterday, all left Bangkok at 01:00 AM...we were back home by 4pm have done the Dawn Parade at Hellfire Pass and The Wreath laying ceremony at the War Cemetary...picces to come...

    estimated crowd at the Dawn Parade in excess of 500...

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    Can't wait for the pics klongy, a dawn service in Kannars is on my list of things to do before I die.

    I had my own little 'quiet time' on the flight from Darwin to Sydney just as we were coming into land as it was around 5.30am and the sun was just starting to stir. First dawn service I have missed for 17 years apart from once when I was in Thailand.
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    I followed tradition, and got pissed on Anzac Day.

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    I went to one about 9 yrs ago, so bloody hot I almost passed out and that was under shade, felt a bit of sympathy for the Thai soldiers standing in the direct sun.

    The NZ & Aust embassy take turns each years about, at putting on some booze, typically the tight arses at The OZ embassy can only manage a few cans each of the 'orrible piss Fosters, but when it comes up to the NZ embassy, they do a good job, plenty of DB and Steinlager. They even give you a few cans each to tide you over in the bus.

    I was so shitfaced when I got back to Washington Sq could hardly manage a short time with Juicy Lucy, my favorite Katoey, still doing great service for War vets from both WW2 and Vietnam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    I went to one about 9 yrs ago, so bloody hot I almost passed out and that was under shade,
    Was that the same sun that the POW's were working under, 16 hours a day after having a few spoonfulls of mouldy rice for breakfast?

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    Ray Carey should be round any minute now with his twisted, horrible, feeble opinions. Nice to remember. Look forward to the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    I went to one about 9 yrs ago, so bloody hot I almost passed out and that was under shade,
    Was that the same sun that the POW's were working under, 16 hours a day after having a few spoonfulls of mouldy rice for breakfast?
    It sure was MM and it reinforced the horrible reality of what was done to these guys at that time.
    My Uncle was caught up in it, while he lived to return home, he came back weighing 6 stone, and near blind caused by malnutrition, previously a big rugby playing lad.

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    Lest may we never forget.
    But will we ever learn by mistakes paid for in human lives - on both sides of the battle feild ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Chuchok View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan
    In memory of the ANZAC Lads that died needlessly because of the idiot strategy concocted by the English, that sent them in to die on what they knew was a pointless suicide mission.
    Should I feel sorry then?
    No,but you should fuck off.
    Sorry, I forgot that no British soldiers found themselves in no-win situations due to gross negligence from their leaders.

    I have huge respect for those who gave their lives for our freedom, but you guys seems to forget that we were in this together when ANZAC day comes around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster View Post
    Bollox PB: I took three vans yesterday
    Unfortunately they don't have those van service thingees in NZ.


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    ^ I'm a bunny PB and forgot you're not in Bkk...thought you were when I posted that


    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I have huge respect for those who gave their lives for our freedom, but you guys seems to forget that we were in this together when ANZAC day comes around.
    Don't think we forget at all Marmers...just the focus of the day is on Okers and Kiwis being how it's ANZAC Day...A wander along the rows at the Kan Cemetery is a sober reminder of how many young Brits died there so we can be free...

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    just the focus of the day is on Okers and Kiwis being how it's ANZAC Day...
    And how the English were to blame, of course.

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    OK...here's some piccies from ANZAC 2008 in Kanchanaburi...

    First off, this is the focal point of the Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass...


    Obviously you can't see it like that cause it's dark...impressive sight though to see so many who made the effort to arise before dawn to be there...


    After the Dawn Parade there's tea/coffee and a shot of Bundy Rum served...and a time to chat with all and sundry...


    A big crowd bearing in mind how far it is from Bangkok and the time of day...




    From there it was back down the road to Kanchanaburi to the War Cemetery which is on the main road into town. Fortunately we've had heavy rain over the last couple of nights which has helped to cool things down a bit, and the day itself was quite overcast, so not the excesses of heat others have mentioned on this thread...

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