Tuesday, 29 April 2014

ANZAC Day 2014

My family has honoured the ANZACS in Australia,
at dawn services and parades.
In China we always went to the service
at the Australian Consul General's residence.
In England we had our own little service 
at our village memorial.

The service and sacrifice of our ANZACS have made this possible.

This year we found ourselves in Germany, 
the girls were on holiday and my Kiwi
husband took the day off.

We headed to Niederzwehren Cemetery in Kassel
to pay our respects to our fallen.

First World War Commonwealth servicemen who died all over Germany 
were bought together into four permanent cemeteries in 1922-23. 
Niederzwehren Cemetery was one of these and has the plots of 1,796
 soldiers of the Commonwealth  buried or commemorated  there.

Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel Germany

Here rest soldiers of
the British Empire who died in Germany
during the Great War 1914-1918
The land which is consecrated by
their graves has been acquired
in perpetuity by agreement with
the German people so that their remains
may be honoured for ever.

Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel Germany

This cemetery was constructed by
the governments of
The British Commonwealth of Nations
and its maintenance is in the hands of
British caretakers.
An agreement has been entered into between
the governments of Germany
and of the British Commonwealth of Nations
enabling them to construct in their own way 
and maintain through their own caretakers
the cemeteries in which their dead
of the Great War now rest.

Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel Germany

We chose the grave of Private William John Smith to place our flowers. He was born in England, moved to Australia and was a farm labourer before he joined the Australian Army. My paternal Grandfather, John C Smith was also born in England, moved to Australia and was a farmer before he joined the Australian Army. He was in the 11th Battalion and was one of the first to land on the shores of Gallipoli. Unlike William John Smith and so many others, my Grandfather came home. If he hadn't I wouldn't have been laying flowers in Germany with his two great granddaughters 99 years later.

Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel Germany

All these young men sacrificed so much
for a better life for us all.

Kassel, Germany

Lest We Forget

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