Today, 25 April, is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and on 25 April we remember those who fought at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I and all those who have fought and died since. It is our equivalent to the UK's Armistice Day, which we also commemorate, and the US's Memorial Day.
Eight years ago exactly I was standing at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli, for the dawn service. My great, great-uncle (my great-grandfather's brother) fought at Gallipoli, and I was fortunate enough to meet him before he died. Standing where he had stood looking up at the cliffs lining the shore was overwhelming. The one thing that I remember most clearly from my time at Gallipoli was the cemeteries, surrounded by trees, grass and flowers, loving tended by the Turkish people and all facing out to sea...facing home.
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.