Blogging A-Z – April Challenge – V is for …..Victory

Ironically V for Victory falls on the public holiday of ANZAC DAY which is honoured in Australian and New Zealand. It is a time for remembering and honouring those who gave their lives for the great good and it is absolutely right that we honour that.

This picture shows the Austalian & New Zealand losses from just this one campaign. The War was to rage for a total of 4 years. A generation completely lost.

Australian War Memorial – Oct 2012
Taken  by Julie Goucher

In almost every town across, certainly the United Kingdom and in Australian and New Zealand there is a plaque, a memorial or statue that commemorates the War Dead. Those that gave their lives to help gain freedom. Help from Australian and New Zealanders to a Country that was a long way from home. In fact many of these men, whilst they may have had English heritage perhaps some were not aware, some saw this as an opportunity to see the world and explore. Never for one moment even contemplating the harsh reality of the war.

Would our young men (and women) of today, in a world dominated by emails, tweets, facebooks and smart phone feel that same sense of responsibility and duty. So much has changed in almost 100 years. Such contemplation.

We took many pictures of various war memorials, which will appear at Grave Encounters over the coming weeks, but here are a few that I especially like

Wagga Wagga Memorial
Wagga Wagga Memorial
Wagga Wagga Memorial
Wagga Wagga Memorial
Wagga Wagga Memorial
Bright (Victoria) War Memorial
Bright (Victoria) War Memorial
Taking part in the A-Z April Challenge

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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2 Responses to Blogging A-Z – April Challenge – V is for …..Victory

  1. Very nice pics. Love history and learning about something I'd never heard of before is always a treat.

    Luckily, generally people do put more consideration behind the reason for wars, than just blindly following the government. Technology definitely changes mentalities, however. But I'm sure there would be a lot of people willing and able to put up a good fight for a good national or international cause. Nice post. Writer’s Mark


  2. Sharon says:

    My thoughts exactly. I cannot see my son having the same sense of duty and responsibility that the ANZACS had. It is terrible to say but I think my son would be more thinking of war as a computer game rather than a responsibility!


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