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  1. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    25 Apr '15 00:31
    Just back from the Dawn Parade and Remembrance Service.
    Very sad remembering all those poor lads who gave their lives
    100 years ago.

    Any Newfoundlanders who observed today with the Kiwis and Aussies?
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    25 Apr '15 00:41
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Just back from the Dawn Parade and Remembrance Service.
    Very sad remembering all those poor lads who gave their lives
    100 years ago.

    Any Newfoundlanders who observed today with the Kiwis and Aussies?
    So many thoughts come to mind on occasions like this but the one that sticks in my mind is, "Why does man not learn from history"?
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    lest we forget gbo it's all black vs white ...
  4. Standard memberSeitse
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    25 Apr '15 05:56
    Aye, honor to the lads who went to kill moors. Respect.
  5. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    25 Apr '15 07:02
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Aye, honor to the lads who went to kill moors. Respect.
    The Dawn Service honoured the dead from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
    The Turkish National Anthem is played and a Turkish Representative recited
    the famous Ataturk speech:

    Those heroes that shed their blood
    And lost their lives.
    You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
    Therefore, rest in peace.
    There is no difference between the Johnnies
    And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
    Here in this country of ours,
    You, the mothers,
    Who sent their sons from far away countries
    Wipe away your tears,
    Your sons are now lying in our bosom
    And are in peace
    After having lost their lives on this land they have
    Become our sons as well”.
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    25 Apr '15 09:32
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    The Dawn Service honoured the dead from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
    The Turkish National Anthem is played and a Turkish Representative recited
    the famous Ataturk speech:

    Those heroes that shed their blood
    And lost their lives.
    You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
    Therefore, rest in peace.
    There is no difference between ...[text shortened]... in peace
    After having lost their lives on this land they have
    Become our sons as well”.
    as a true Brit I salute You all .
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    25 Apr '15 10:31
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    The Dawn Service honoured the dead from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
    I trust that the 25,000 British dead, and the 10,000 French and 1,000 Indians were also in the thoughts of those who attended the Dawn Service.

    There's a very good 7 part TV dramatization that the Australians have made that I think could serve as a kind of tribute. Very well done. Gripping, awful and respectful. Worth checking out. Don't be put off by its somewhat cheesy trailers. The episodes themselves tell the story very well, right from the appalling conditions in the trenches, all the way up to the dysfunction of the military command and the scandalous way the whole campaign was reported in the newspapers down under and back in Britain and France..
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    Originally posted by FMF
    I trust that the 25,000 British dead, and the 10,000 French and 1,000 Indians were also in the thoughts of those who attended the Dawn Service.

    There's a very good 7 part TV dramatization that the Australians have made that I think could serve as a kind of tribute. Very well done. Gripping, awful and respectful. Worth checking out. Don't be put off by its so ...[text shortened]... ay the whole campaign was reported in the newspapers down under and back in Britain and France..
    It's ANZAC Day - honouring the Anzacs and their foes.

    Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are observed and honour the fallen from all nations.
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    25 Apr '15 23:14
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Just back from the Dawn Parade and Remembrance Service.
    Very sad remembering all those poor lads who gave their lives
    100 years ago.

    Any Newfoundlanders who observed today with the Kiwis and Aussies?
    What happened to the ANZAC heroes--the survivors--after they returned home?

    This is what happened to one of them. Billy Sing (1886-1943) was born in Queensland,
    Australia as the son of a Chinese father and an English mother. Although he experienced
    racism beginning from an early age, Billy Sing (already a proven champion marksman)
    was able to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force after the recruiting officer decided to
    ignore the fact that he was half-Chinese (usually, only white men were accepted).
    During the Gallipoli campaign, Billy Sing acquired a reputation as the deadliest sniper.
    Afterward, he was severely wounded in France, including by poison gas, which seems
    to have permanently damaged his lungs, resulting in poor health for the rest of his life.
    After the war, Billy Sing reported being afflicted by serious health problems. Sadly,
    there was not yet much of an official support system for wounded or disabled veterans.
    Once known as a hero, Billy Sing apparently had to struggle to find work in civilian life,
    without, as far as I know, receiving any pension from the government.

    As I recall this incident, when one of his old wartime comrades met him by chance, he
    was shocked by Billy Sing's haggard appearance--he looked as if he had hardly eaten
    for days. He offered to treat Billy Sing to dinner, yet the 'forgotten hero'--proud to the
    end--said that he could not accept any charity. Billy Sing died--nearly penniless--alone
    in his room in a boarding house. At that time, few people remembered him or cared.

    In 2008 a biography of Billy Sing was published. An Australian television miniseries is
    being produced of his life, though not necessarily accurately. The white Australian
    director has cast his own white son as Billy Sing (who was half-Chinese) and another
    white actor as Billy Sing's father (who was all Chinese). Would he have cast white
    actors to play Australian aborigines?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Sing
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