On Nov 10, 2005, at 6:46 PM, Brad VK2QQ wrote:
> Remembrance Day has already been commemorated here at 11am. The
> last First World War veteran in Australia passed away last month.
> We began a new era today where this war is remembered with no
> living vets left. Despite the passing of time, the various
> remembrance ceremonies only get stronger.
"But the band plays "Waltzing Matilda,"
And the old men still answer the call,
But as year follows year, more old men disappear
Someday, no one will march there at all..."
While the fellow that wrote that song may have
figured the losses in battles such as Gallipoli
were pointless, brave men fought and gave up
their lives. Ted Matthews was one of the men
of this era as you mention. Lived to the age of 101
if I remember the news.
The veterans of WWII grow fewer each year as
well. My father served as ground support in a
USAAF B-17 Squadron in Britain during the War.
His brother was a medic in Korea. They're both gone,
as are many of my father's friends and folks of
WWII. I did get a chance to thank my Dad for
his service as we should all thank those that gave
for their countries. Thank them for their sacrifice
and service while that are still here.
Those who fought in Korea, in VietNam, The Faulklands,
Persian Gulf, Bosnia, those who served in wars not mentioned.
We should always remember them with honor, with respect and
A respectful thank you to all that have served your countries,
be it the US, or those of other countries represented on the list.