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WORDS- Honouring and Remembering Those Who Have Gone

Losing someone special is hard at any age, but most find losing the young unfair and inexpiable, unimaginable and unforgivable. Many lives were lost in wars Australia commissioned men for, and to this day, their lives and their sacrifice are honoured each ANZAC DAY.

With Anzac Day, April 25th fast approaching we take a look at different messages you may find helpful when preparing your tributes. Some may also be helpful in other situations where you have lost someone special, and find that you are somewhat lost for words.

ANZAC Day service at the National War Memorial Wellington.
Image: ANZAC Day service at the National War Memorial Wellington, via 4cc.

The Australian War Memorial says: “Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.”

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Image: A view looking aft of lifeboat carrying unidentified men of the Australian 1st Divisional Signal Company as they are towed towards Anzac Cove at 6 am on the day of the landing, via Australian War Memorial.

Anzac Day specific:

They shall not grow old, as those who 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. Lest we Forget.

A soldier doesn’t fight because he hates what is in front of him, he fights because he loves what he left behind.

When you go home tell them of us and say “For your tomorrow, we gave our today”

It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the solider, not he poet who has given us the freedom of speech.  It is the soldier not the campus organiser, who has given the freedom to demonstrate.

Let us remember those brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could be free. Lest we Forget.

We will miss them all so much, The daddy’s who went to war, The husbands who had left, It leaves your heart so sore. We want them back, We miss them all, Those men so brave, That walked so tall. He was an Aussie soldier, He dies for all of us, So you and I could live so free, The fought for love and trust. On ANZAC day we will remember them,They are always in our heart, To live how they would want us to,Is the perfect place to start.

We remember and thank all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and country on this ANZAC day.

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Image: Anzac Day march, via Public Holidays

Sympathy Quotes and Sentiments:

THE MEASURE OF A MAN: Not – “how did he die” But – “how did he live” Not – “what did he gain” But – “what did he give” These are the units To measure the worth Of a man, as a man, Regardless of birth.

 When someone you love becomes a memory, That memory becomes a treasure

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller

 “Grant but memory to us, and we lose nothing by death.” -Whittier, My Summer with Dr. Singleton

 “The Lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 “The Remembrance of the good done by those we have loved is the only consolation when we have lost them.” -Demoustier

I am sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.

May the memories help you find peace.

Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy.

You and your family are in our prayers. Sorry to hear of your loss.

We were coworkers of ……. Words cannot express our sorrow. The office won’t be the same without (HIM/HER). …….will be missed.

Sorry to hear about …….. It’s never easy. My prayers are with you and your family.

We are sorry for your loss. ……….., was such a great person, (HE/SHE) will live on in our memories forever.

I was deeply saddened by the news of ……….’s passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

I am deeply saddened by ……….’s death.

I was truly saddened by the death of ………….

We are thinking of you during these difficult times.

I want you to know friends who love you surround you. ………… was a great man/great woman.

You are in our hearts and prayers.

Let the memories of ……..’s life comfort you in his/her death.

Your family is surrounded by the love of many.

There were few who could compare to ………..

We pray the love for the lost is forever carried in your memory.

May you find comfort in loving memories.

We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence

Word’s cannot express the sadness we feel for you dealing with the death of …………

We know the day will come but death always leaves us with grief.

What do you do on Anzac Day? Do you attend a Dawn service, or lay a wreath at the war memorial, do you bet you grocery budget on a two-up game and wash down your sorrows with a cold beer?

Til Next time,

Fwf x

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Remembering to Remember

There are few days within the calendar year that remain important inter-generationally. I suppose that priorities change with each generation that comes along, and the significance of many events is lost in the ‘noise’ of everything else going on in life.

Few dates have the significance today, that they did when they were first marked and celebrated. Christmas, for example, has all the appeal of any other consumer holiday, but certainly doesn’t have the religious importance it once did….at least to the masses.

Image: ABC Two elderly men help each other during the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney. Photo credit; Fairfax Media Kate Geraghty

Remembrance day is one day that , thankfully, for now, at least, is still honoured and upheld across the generations. Schools play such an important role in this. Interestingly, although it is perhaps as important as Anzac day, it is not accompanied by a public holiday. And as a consequence of that I suppose, it is impossible to meet the numbers seen at services around the country for Anzac day.

Just the other day I was at a local market and was approached by an elderly man with a tray of poppies, badges and other small items available to commemorate the day. Nothing had a fixed price, but instead, was yours for whatever donation you could give. How could you refuse? Grabbing gold coins from my wallet, I handed it over and took a small poppy to wear. My sister in law, and my friend also purchased one, and I overheard my friend explaining what it was to her 9 year old son. Beautifully, he asked his mother, if he could also ‘buy’ another to give to his brother to wear also.

The message is simplified for those who are younger, but the message is the same….that they died, so that we may live.

Image: Via Pinterest

Another friend shared a cute anecdote on Facebook, proud and satisfied that she had successfully explained the meaning and significance of the day to her 4 and 7 year olds. Upon waking up on Wednesday morning, her 4 year old son, announced excitedly that it was ‘Shoosh Day’. Confused, my friend asked him, ‘What is Shoosh Day?”

“It’s when you have to be quiet alllllllllllllllll day so that our Great-grandfather gets some peace!!!”

Yep, probably going to have to clear that up a bit more…..

Image: ABC Crosses displayed in North Terrace in Adelaide as part of Remembrance Day 2015. Phot Credit: ABC News Nicola Gage

This year, Remembrance day was on Wednesday, 11th November. A moments silence is observed at 11am on the 11th November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts. This year marks the 97th anniversary of the armistice which ended World War I in 1918.

The significance is that at 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front finally fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. After the allied armies had pushed the Germans back, having been defeated repeatedly over the previous 4 months, the Germans called for a suspension of fighting to determine a peace settlement. They accepted the conditions that amounted to unconditional surrender.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has held special significance in post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased has become universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died at war. It was initially referred to as Armistice Day (‘Armistice’ is defined as suspension of fighting), however after the Second World War, both the Australian and British Governments changed the name to Remembrance Day, and it was observed as a day where we would commemorate ALL war dead, not just those who died in WW1.

Image: Rotary

This year Prince Charles and Camilla attended the Remembrance Day service in Canberra, laying a wreath on the tomb of the unknown solider and placing poppies on the roll of honour.  And whilst they were certainly a draw card for this years service, the focus was instead on Australia’s Indigeneous Diggers.  The National Commemorative address presented for the first time by an Indigeneous person and a gallery within the memorial is to be re-named in honour of the first Aboriginal man to become an officer in the Australian Army, Captain Reg Saunders.

Image: ABC Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, walks alongside Prince Charles and Camilla at the Australian War Memorial. Photo Credit: AAP Dean Lewins

What do you think? Does the Remembrance Day message get diluted as it is not a Public Holiday, and people are unable to attend services? Is taking a moment out in a day enough to remember the fallen?

Til next time,

Fwf x


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