Sunday, May 3, 2015

Peace is the way

Why is it we never learn?

April 25 is ANZAC Day in New Zealand and Australia. It marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings of 1915 where New Zealand, Australia, British, France, India, and Newfoundland troops battled the Ottoman empire. Approximately 8700 Australians and 2800 New Zealand soldiers died.

ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) is a day we honour those who died at Gallipoli and also in many subsequent wars. 

This year was the 100 anniversary of those landings.  100 years on it is sad that we haven't learned from the past. Wars don't bring peace only destruction.

Peace is the way to peace.

Each year there is a dawn ceremony in the capital Wellington. I didn't attend the dawn ceremony but watched it on TV.  As a picture speaks a thousand words, the 100th ANZAC day ceremony is best shown in pictures (taken by my trusty camera off the TV).

Dawn Ceremony in Wellington

New Zealand War Memorial

Australian Memorial gifted to New Zealand

Air Force Salute

Governor General of New Zealand

The Last Post

Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

Gallipoli, Turkey

All who gave up their lives in wars. 

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  1. I wish it could be that way...

  2. As heartfelt and respectful as war memoriums are, they are also a constant reminder that we hurt one another, often.

    Peace to peace.

  3. We also have a memorial weekend coming up. Unfortunately, most of us regard is a long weekend getaway, but seldom do we ponder over it.

    I loved how the countries celebrated it, and pray that mankind learns from above :)

    Lovely to have you on board, Suzy

  4. RIP brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation..
    Thanks for sharing with us Suzy..

  5. Very moving. They say War Is Hell for a reason.


  6. I appreciate this post, Suzy; I wasn't aware of this, and the photos are great, too. I'm glad you linked up! Have a great week.

  7. Yes, we seldom take a moment for those souls who gave up their mortal lives for us. RIP, those brave souls!

  8. Salute to all those who lost their lives in wars. Doesn't matter which side they fought, war is brutal for everyone. And then there are the families of soldiers killed in war, families whose lives are changed for ever... Sadly, it doesn't look like wars will go away anytime soon! Unless we can get rid of the violence within, mankind has no hope for peace. Thoughtful post, Suzy.

  9. You sure ask a good question. Too bad there is no good answer. Maybe one day we will learn. Beautiful photos from Wellington, and extra special with the Governor General participating.


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