Lest We Forget: Anzac Day

 
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A million Australian men and women served during World War II. Residents of Baulkham Hills Shire were no exception and war memorials in the district are a reminder of those who gave their lives so that we may live in peace.

Castle Hill War Memorial, Old Northern Road
Castle Hill War Memorial, Old Northern Road

Anzac Day, 25 April, is the most sacred day in the history of our nation. On that day in 1915, members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp landed on a small sandy beach on the Gallipoli peninsula, at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.

This day is to remember those who were killed and injured in war in the service of their country, reflect on the futility, destruction and horror of war and work towards finding better alternatives so as to make our world a better place to live.

“Death is amongst us all the time; but war killed our most brilliant and adventurous youth. Yet war has always been part of human existence, and in the history of mankind has been one of the main factors in producing - out of the great attributes of courage, patriotism, comradeship and discipline - personal and national virility. Indeed war, as expressed in the Anzacs, marked the emergence of Australia and New Zealand as nations.”

– Sir Hudson Fysh, co-founder of Qantas, who served in World War I and now rests in peace in St Judes Cemetery, Old Northern Road, Dural

Ode of remembrance

They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Our peacekeepers are serving the nation in many parts of the world today: Afghanistan, East Timor, Iraq, and Solomon Islands.

The Castle Hill War Memorial, Old Northern Road with its pool of Remembrance, honours the memory of all who served the Nation.

Trevor Patrick is a local historian of the north-west of Sydney, Australia. His latest book, In Search of the Pennant Hills, recounts some of these stories (and others) in more detail.