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William the Conqueror

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I have just returned from the Dawn Service And ANZAC March in Perth.

Pouring with rain and quite cold. I watched as the younger spectators slowly dissipated. Yet the 70, 80 and 90+ year olds still marched on. A glint of steely determination and a flash of pride in their eyes.
Below is a post I made on another forum...

Thank you!
I was in Canberra visiting the War Memorial when I was taking my boys for a tour through the VC Gallery.
We were looking at the display of the kit Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG was wearing during the action for which he was awarded his Victoria Cross. I was saying to my boys what a large man he was.
Later on we where at the Canberra Mint when my eight year old kept saying "Yeah, your right he is huge Dad, he's even bigger than you!" When I asked him who he was talking about, I turned around to seeand and walked straight into him - now I'm 6'4 1/2" and he towered over me.
I'm not one to get star struck, but I was absolutely lost for words.
The only thing I could get out was "Thank you!" Shook his hand and walked off with a tear in my eye.
That is my simple message for everyone who went before him and to everyone who will go after him.
Thank you

Cheers
Anthony

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Well said Anthony, a touching story.

`Lest we forget`

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I attended the Anzac Day march in Nowra yesterday. My son is an Avionics technician in the Navy (808Squadron) and works on the MRH-90 helicopter at HMAS Albatross (Nowra, NSW). He is close to completing 10 years service.

My wife served for 4 1/2 years in the RAAF, and has been in Defence (civvy) for the past 20 years. Soon to retire to allow us to travel extensively in our UEV-490. 

I completed 34 years in the RAAF as an Aircraft technician (mechanical skills) working on 3 types of fighter jets during my career (Mirage III; "Classic" Hornet F/A-18; and Hawk127).
I retired nearly 3 years ago having achieved the position of senior RAAF maintenance Warrant Officer. Since retirement, I have been attached to the RAAF Active Reserve, which I am about to resign from, on the 37th anniversary of my original enlistment date.

I have a sister in-law currently serving in the Navy (Commander); a brother in-law retired from the Navy, but back on full-time reserve service (Lieutenant Commander); a brother in-law retired from the RAAF (Squadron Leader), and now the senior historian for the RAAF. A cousin by marriage serving in the Navy (Lieutenant Commander).

Who would have thought that back in 1979, when I joined the RAAF, and the only family member to have ever served in the military, that I would be part of an even larger defence family.

Just my two bobs worth (pardon the pun). Filbee56

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Anzac Day tomorrow.

Thought I would share these two videos from another forum. Well worth having a look.





Yep! It takes a lot to bring a tear to these eyes...

To all our brothers and sisters in arms, past present and future - thankyou for your selfless commitment to freedom.

May God protect you and bring you home safe.

For those who have made the ultimate sacrifice - you will always be in our hearts and we will forever be in your debt.

Lest We Forget

Cheers

Anthony


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LEST WE FORGET !
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