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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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