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MadRuski
04-24-2006, 07:44 AM
Now i might not be Aussie or Kiwi, but i have lived and living in these countrys, but id like to pay my respects to the ANZACS who fought in WWI and WWII, as if it wasent for them everybody in Australia and New Zealand would be speaking Japanese lol, and also to the great 20 million ppl who fought for Mother Russia and died so i and many others could live in this world, because u should no that without Russia charging on in the war, u all would be speaking German right now.. but iam not trying to make a flame war on which coutry did its best part, iam trying to pay my respects to my 4 great-grand fathers who marched from Siberia all the way to Berlin and back in one piece.. except one, as his body was never found on the cold front... so i wish to end this by saying that iam 26, young, and have a hell of a lot respect for u boys....REST IN PEACE! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


anyone else can be more than welcome to add something!

Low_Flyer_MkVb
04-24-2006, 08:16 AM
There are Aussie WWI war graves in my home town (poor sods died in a flu' epidemic - after all they'd been through), and an ANZAC memorial on the seafront - be sure, I pay my respects regularly.

HotelBushranger
04-24-2006, 08:40 AM
I am participating in the ANZAC Day parade tomorrow, without a doubt the most gratifying and heart tugging experience. It is so pleasing to march with a sea of Australian flags waving back at you. Highlight of my year, be sure.

Flying_Nutzo
04-24-2006, 08:45 AM
A Kiwi here. Going to a dawn service is a moving experience. Hard not to shed a tear or two. It's easy to forget how lucky we are and how bl**dy unlucky a lot of people have been throughout history.

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At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We shall remember them.
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XyZspineZyX
04-24-2006, 08:54 AM
"Lest We Forget"

To all those serving & who have served to keep Australia free.

We honour you & are forever in your debt

HotelBushranger
04-24-2006, 09:03 AM
This will be especially hard for the men from 1RAR in Iraq, one of their mates died in an accidental discharge of his rifle when he was cleaning it.

Capt.England
04-24-2006, 12:36 PM
I will wear my ANZAC badge tomorrow at work. I visited down under a year ago today for 3 weeks and of course brought a ANZAC day badge. I saw the parrade in Melbourne and was made to feel very welcome in the pub near the railway station (the one with the famous picture upstairs).

S! to all our boys in all our armed forces in the world.

Siwarrior
04-24-2006, 03:30 PM
Just been down to a Memorial Service on the beach. Such a sad thing but it was/is what makes us.

Lest we Forget.

danjama
04-24-2006, 03:38 PM
I pay my respects everyday when i walk past the memorial in my town, its pretty much there wherever i go, when i walk to college, go to football, go to the shops, the memorial is on the way. In my heart, these boys deserve that much thought at least!

Rest easy!

La7_brook
04-24-2006, 03:43 PM
Originally posted by MadRuski:
Now i might not be Aussie or Kiwi, but i have lived and living in these countrys, but id like to pay my respects to the ANZACS who fought in WWI and WWII, as if it wasent for them everybody in Australia and New Zealand would be speaking Japanese lol, and also to the great 20 million ppl who fought for Mother Russia and died so i and many others could live in this world, because u should no that without Russia charging on in the war, u all would be speaking German right now.. but iam not trying to make a flame war on which coutry did its best part, iam trying to pay my respects to my 4 great-grand fathers who marched from Siberia all the way to Berlin and back in one piece.. except one, as his body was never found on the cold front... so i wish to end this by saying that iam 26, young, and have a hell of a lot respect for u boys....REST IN PEACE! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif


anyone else can be more than welcome to add something! yes its pooring with rain today here ,how fitting, but the old guys will still march today as they all ways do/ <S>

MadRuski
04-24-2006, 06:29 PM
Unfotunatly in a frew years all the veterans will be gone!

pourshot
04-24-2006, 06:45 PM
I just returned from the dawn service full of pride and beer, we can never thank them enough for what they did.

SALUTE http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The_Gog
04-24-2006, 07:15 PM
Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
This will be especially hard for the men from 1RAR in Iraq, one of their mates died in an accidental discharge of his rifle when he was cleaning it.

He was actually cleaning his 9mm Pistol it turns out, I thought something wasn't right when the story first broke as it's near impossible to shoot yourself in the head with a Steyr while cleaning it.
My guess is it happened during his post cleaning checks and he has put a loaded mag back in to check it and not had it pointed in a safe direction.

Fatigue would have killed this poor young bloke as it seems he was pretty switched on with weapons.

Pretty sad, at least he had his mates there with him.

pourshot
04-24-2006, 07:32 PM
Originally posted by The_Gog:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
This will be especially hard for the men from 1RAR in Iraq, one of their mates died in an accidental discharge of his rifle when he was cleaning it.

He was actually cleaning his 9mm Pistol it turns out, I thought something wasn't right when the story first broke as it's near impossible to shoot yourself in the head with a Steyr while cleaning it.
My guess is it happened during his post cleaning checks and he has put a loaded mag back in to check it and not had it pointed in a safe direction.

Fatigue would have killed this poor young bloke as it seems he was pretty switched on with weapons.

Pretty sad, at least he had his mates there with him. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

One of my workmates served with this guy they even did their sniper training together; he is at a loss as to how this happened.

MadRuski
04-24-2006, 10:03 PM
pretty sad how this happens esphilly at this time, well at least he well be with his related veterens now!

Siwarrior
04-24-2006, 11:47 PM
Originally posted by MadRuski:
Unfotunatly in a frew years all the veterans will be gone!

i think all of the Diggers are gone http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

MadRuski
04-24-2006, 11:52 PM
yes u are right, but i also meant the WWII

HotelBushranger
04-25-2006, 12:13 AM
Righto Gog, thanks for the correction.

I just got back from the parade. Its always a buzz to march, but I was a bit disappointed, because last time absolutely everyone was waving flags, its was brilliant, but this year it was less energetic I suppose. Still, always good to see veteran blokes doing well and marching. Turns out my best mates grandad fought at El Alamein. And another mate of mine, his dad fought in the Malayan Emergency. I suppose its still good to see that there still are veterans, if not WW1. Personally, for me WW2 has more significance, maybe because WW1 was so long ago its hard to connect http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

~S~ Brave Diggers

panther3485
04-25-2006, 12:25 AM
Hello pourshot,

Quote:
"One of my workmates served with this guy they even did their sniper training together; he is at a loss as to how this happened."

He's not the only one! As a former Australian Army soldier of 9 years service myself (7 of those in a special unit), I am also very much at a loss. I simply could not believe the original media release.

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On a more cheerful note, I took part in the Perth ANZAC Day parade this morning. Part way through it really poured with rain but this did not dampen the enthusiasm and support we always see from the large crowds lining the streets.

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There are still quite a few WW2 and Korean War veterans in the march and we also have large contingents of Vietnam veterans, together with sprinklings of others from later conflicts.


I'm not sure about the long term future but I'd rather see us go without any more major wars, even if that means the eventual demise of such commemorative marches (but I still hope that awareness of past sacrifices, and their significance, is somehow kept alive for future generations).


Best regards to all,
panther3485

wayno7777
04-25-2006, 12:32 AM
~S~ and Amen Panther....

HotelBushranger
04-25-2006, 12:45 AM
panther, I was at the Perth parade too, with the large group of Air Force Cadets. Are you a Vietnam vet? Shame I didn't know this earlier so we could have caught up.

panther3485
04-25-2006, 02:42 AM
Hi there, HotelBushranger

No, I joined up shortly after Australia's involvement in the Vietnam war had finished. I was 20 years old at the time and I still remember my Mum being scared and weeping, because there was still some talk in the media about us 'going back in' (which we now know, with the benefit of hindsight, would not have happened).

I used to march some years during my time as a serving member, but the reason I marched this year (rather than just going to the dawn service), was a request for help from the Normandy Veterans Association, of which my Dad is a member.

The youngest of those guys is in his early 80's (Dad being one of them) and a few are in their 90's. They needed two volunteers to carry the Association's banner in the march and they asked Dad (knowing he has two sons) if my brother and I would be willing to help. Of course, we considered this a great honour so we agreed to do it.

Not having served on 'active' duty (luckily, my 9 years was all peacetime service), I would normally not march myself but there will come a day when my brother or I would march for Dad, when he can no longer be there. [You can easily pick out the children/grandchildren of deceased veterans - apart from their obvious youth, they wear their Dad's/Grand-Dad's medals on the right side.]

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It would indeed have been nice for us to catch up at the march; perhaps next year?

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Best regards,
panther3485

HotelBushranger
04-25-2006, 04:52 AM
Sounds good mate http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Although I have no idea where the cadets are in terms of everyone else - I've yet to watch a parade, I'm always in em http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif So I don't know what the structure is. Ah well, we'll sort it out next year ey? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

PS did you enjoy your time?

Bussard_1
04-25-2006, 06:35 AM
Cheers Gents,
I wonder if any of you have any idea where 39th Battalion AMF has it's gathering or where their Cenotaph is located?
I know the unit was raised from Victorians but I don't know what district, etc.
Any help appreciated.
A grateful Civilian.
Lest We Forget.

HotelBushranger
04-25-2006, 07:00 AM
Camp Darley, Victoria is all I got so far. October 1941.

panther3485
04-25-2006, 07:35 AM
Hi, HotelBushranger

The Normandy Veterans are always towards the tail end of the parade, in among the other 'Foreign' contingents. The arrangements and exact route seem to change fairly frequently but this year, they were instructed to form up near London Court. Next year....?????

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And yes, I did enjoy the march as did my Dad and brother.

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Best regards,
panther3485

HotelBushranger
04-25-2006, 07:40 AM
Rightio. We seemed to be in the middle or more likely the front, after we had been dismissed there were still quite a lot more people still coming. Sounds about right, get rid of the younguns nice and quick http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

YAKMAN1968
04-25-2006, 08:20 AM
Lest we Forget. ~S

BTW he was from 3rd Battalion not 1st Battalion. I heard on the news that his wife 'Is helping' police with thier investigation. I've got a feeling that it wasn't an 'accident'. I've 13 1/2yrs with the A.R.A retired in 99 & have no idea how he could shoot himself whilst 'cleaning his weapon' either????

Bussard_1
04-25-2006, 07:42 PM
HBR,
Thank you very much for the lead.

MadRuski
04-27-2006, 03:21 AM
U no the soldier who shot himself while cleaning his gun? well now the oficers stuffed the shipping and sent the wrong body back to the relatives! how worse could it get, aslo their is talk that it might of been a suicide!

panther3485
04-27-2006, 03:37 AM
Yes, the story is constantly being adjusted. First on the news, we heard "Accidentally shot himself while cleaning his rifle"; then it was "Accidentally shot himself while cleaning his pistol"; on today's news I heard "He made some sort of move and the weapon discharged".

Each successive story sounds like nonsense to me. Wonder if we'll ever be told what really happened?

Then, to add insult to injury, the wrong body gets shipped home? Did I get that right? They gotta be joking!!!!!


Very sad of course, that any of this happened at all.

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Better shut up, I guess, 'cos we've started discussing 'contemporary politics'??


Best regards,
panther3485

WOODY01
04-27-2006, 04:03 AM
I am lucky this year that my Granddad and I are living in the same place for the first time in my life, I took him out for lunch, just to say thanks. He was a Morse code operator in the Royal New Zealand Navy stationed in the pacific from the start untill the end of WW2, his storys of walking around Rubal after it was 'taken' ("we had to take Stenguns with us because they never gave up") were fasinating, he got quiet a few souvinares from the caves in Rubal (he was really interested in all types of radio equipment), so Im going over to help him with his computer, and hes going to dig out his diarys and souvinears from the war. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
It was just nice to be able to say a quiet 'Thankyou' something I try and do with any veteren I meet, ANZAC day or not.

HotelBushranger
04-27-2006, 04:27 AM
Beautiful http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

pourshot
04-27-2006, 05:14 AM
When I was leaving the RSL on ANZAC day I seen one old Digger being helped into his wheel chair by his family, he had a chest covered in medals and I just had to walk up to him and say thanks mate for all you did.

The look on his face said it all it was priceless, man I almost cried.

HotelBushranger
04-27-2006, 05:26 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Sounds good, I wish I could on Tuesday but I got wisked off rather quick before I had a real chance to met some men. Great thing you did though mate http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

MadRuski
04-27-2006, 05:37 AM
That must of been a great moment for for both of u's, he would feel so much happier for what u did http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif