For the astounding loss of human life and potential around the world.
For those who served and gave their lives, ally or enemy
For their country’s cause, safety and honour.
For the ANZACs who travelled so far to fight in distant lands.
For the families and communities left behind to wait and mourn,
And the children who suffered a lifetime of loss.
For those who faced cousins and kin across no-man’s-land.
For the navy and merchant navy whose lives ended at sea.
For the young airmen whose courage and skill saved others.
For the Prisoners of War who suffered privation, fear and torture.
For the families who would never know the fate of their soldier.
For those who returned damaged in body, mind and spirit
And the families who suffered with them and supported them
Whose lives would never be the same again.
For the women who would never have a partner or loved one
Due to the loss of so many men.
For the animals who gave their lives for love and loyalty, not understanding why else they were there.
For all those who stepped up to the mark in their homeland
In restricted occupations: supporting the troops, feeding the population, and working in factories.
For the railwaymen in my family who ensured the troops got to the battlefields
Received their munitions, and were brought home afterwards.
We offer our thanks and prayers and we remember them.
LEST WE FORGET
Over the years I’ve written posts for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, as well as some about the Bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942. For those who are interested you can read them here.
William Rudolph (Robert) Kunkel (MIA Korea)