July 13, 2012

Anzac Day Songs and Photos 2012

Australia and New Zealand commemorate ANZAC Day on the 25th of April each year to honour the memory of troops of the combined Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in World War One. It also remembers Aussies and Kiwis who fought, were wounded and often died in World War Two, Korea, Vietnam and now Afghanistan.

From New Zealand is Hayley Westernra and separately a piper in Afghanistan (below).

From Australia is Fred Smith, Redgum and great singer-songwriter Eric Bogle.

Anzacs (or 'diggers') at Gallipoli in a rare quiet moment.

New Zealand Army CPL. Robert Skerten, part of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Afghanistan playing his bagpipes (35 seconds into the Video) and then doing a bit of electrical work at Forward Operating Base Bamyan.

 The hymn Abide With Me is traditionally sung at ANZAC Day services. The singer is Hayley Westernra from Christchurch, New Zealand.

Iconic Vietnam War photo by Michael Coleridge. Diggers of 5 Platoon, B Company, 7RAR, waiting for Iroquois helicopters to land and take them back to Nui Dat at the end of Operation Ulmarra.

 I Was Only 19 (by that far leftwing and undervalued Australian group Redgum) is in memory of Australians who fought, died and were injured in Vietnam (early 1960s to 1972).

This great song And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle is about the life of a digger wounded at Gallipoli.

I think Eric Bogle’s The Green Fields of France or No Man’s Land (above) is the best anti-war song ever written. As a haunting poem, march, song of love and injustice it is a fitting anthem to remember the men and women, living and dead, who are our Anzacs.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

(In Flanders Fields by John McCrae).
For many more songs of remembrance this is the "Rembrance Day Songs 2009" post on this blog.