A.N.Z.A.C. DAY 2013

Hi APJ Family,

Today is an important day in Australia. We join together to mourn, celebrate and congratulate the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps for their courage in war.

My Dad was a WWII vet, a bomber in the Air Force, who signed up underage and lost the use of his legs in the war. The rest of his life spent as a paraplegic. He would wheel in the ANZAC Day Parade until age and infirmity meant he couldn’t anymore and then they put him on the back of a truck and he would wave.

He was a good man and did his best, his jewellery/watch repair/gift shop was the original meeting place for the first Australian Paraplegic Games Team and he went on to win medals in a few sports. He married my beautiful, clever Mum who was his nurse at the Repat. hospital. He was my Dad and I wish I had known him better.

What fragrance will I wear to remember him, when I go to visit his plaque? Tabac Original by Maurer & Wirtz

I hope you all have a happy and enjoyable ANZAC Day, wherever you are.

Lest we forget.

Portia xx

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31 thoughts on “A.N.Z.A.C. DAY 2013

  1. Very touching post, Portia. x

    Today I shall wear vintage L’Air du Temps, for its rosemary – for remembrance – and for the contemplative, gentle place it takes me to.

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  2. One of my strongest travel memories is visiting the hallowed ground at Gallipoli. I am thankful that my parents instilled yhe power of travel and reading. Australians and New Zealanders have made unparalleled sacrifices.

    I’d also like to remember Armenians on this day, April 24, Armenian Remembrance Day to commemorate victims of the Armenian genocide.

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  3. Hello lovely,

    What a moving tribute to your Dad. He sounds like he was an amazing man. I think about my Grandpa on ANZAC day – he also served in WW2 and was a captain in the Czech army.

    M xxxx

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  4. A beautiful tribute and thank you for this post – i believe it is so vitally important to keep the memory alive and not forget. My father served in the UK air force in WWII and i give thanks to all of those who so selflessly made sacrifices for us all. xxx

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  5. It’s good to remember our veterans. Your dad sounds like he was a brave strong man who didn’t let physical limitations hold him back. I really admire that strength in people. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Dear Portia
    Such a wonderful post that I regret to say I came to late.
    Your father comes across as a remarkable man.
    May we remember him and all those who fought and lost their lives or health in war.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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