Hi crafty friends,

today is a time for reflection rather than craft inspiration.

ANZAC Day - 25 April

Anzac Day was originally dedicated to those Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought on that fateful day in Gallipoli in 1915. However, it is now more widely referred to as a day to remember those who have died, and served for their country, not just those that served in Gallipoli.

Like many New Zealanders, I have had numerous family and friends serve overseas – not just in the World Wars, but also for peace keeping missions and anti-terrorism. I am lucky to only have had one (great-great-grandfather) who did not return. On this day, I think of all of those who have served or are still serving, those who did not return, and those families that were - and those who still are - at home waiting and hoping for the best. We will remember them.

“They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

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.”

~ Laurence Binyon, 1914


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