By Kaz Johnson
Had a busy week in Sydney last weekend and my musical pleasure was my dear mate, Ben Ransom at the Royal Easter Show, who entertained us with his Country Rock. Ben has a new album coming out later in the year and he won my award for best country rock album last year.
Tomorrow is a very special day in Australia's calendar. The 25th April, is ANZAC Day, which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On this day, back in 1915, Australia and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as the ANZACS and the pride they took in the name continues to this day, throughout all of the wars that we have had to fight in and also just as mates "across the ditch". It is a day for remembering mates, for honouring all of those soldiers, nurses and others who we lost, or were injured or who have since passed away. It is a day of thanks. Thanking those who gave up their lives and/or who fought hard so that we could have the freedoms that we have today.
Here are some songs from some talented Aussies and New Zealanders who explain some of the stories and the reasons for us commemorating this day. Thank you to all of those who have served in all of the wars and peace keeping missions.
There are many more songs on this subject, as it is a very important part of our history. Some videos aren't available and those that are, well, I would be here all day. All over the world, people remember those who fought for their country, not for glory, not for notoriety, simply to help their fellow man and put an end to the forces of evil and those who via greed and a quest for power want more, hate more and refuse to live in peace. Let us all live in peace. The recent tragedies in Sri Lanka and Christchurch should never have happened. Please put a stop to these acts of hate.
Peace and Hooroo,