Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembering My Family's Military Contribution

Today marks the 93rd anniversary of the end of the First World War.  When 11am came round this morning, I found myself standing in a supermarket pondering over which brand of pasta sauce to buy.  An announcement came over the loud speaker asking all to observe a minutes silence.  Suddenly, I found my self welling up in remembrance of all my fellow countrymen and women who have made and continue to make such a great contribution.

In particular...To my father ( Army ) and his brother ( Navy ) who served in Australia's National Service scheme in the 1950's.  To my grandfather and grandfather in law who served in the Australian Air Force during the second world war.  To my Grandmother's two brothers who served in Tobruk and New Guinea.  To my Great Grandfather's cousin, who received the Military Medal for restoring communications under fire, on the battlefields of Northern France during the First World War, I salute you all.  I respect and admire the sacrifices you made, leaving your partners and young children to fend for themselves, risking your lives and sometimes loosing them and for providing us with a way of life in this country, that is lived in peace.

There is not enough love in the world, but you wonderful men provided more than enough for our family, for which I am so very thankful.

May you all rest in peace.  You are not forgotten.


  1. A wonderful post commemorating your family and all the sevicemen and women who gave their lives so that we can live free.

  2. A beautiful and fitting tribute.


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