- that we still stop to remember all those who fought for our freedom even 95 years after the first armistice;
|Frederick John Kelly|
4/1/1897 - 26/12/1998
- for my Grandfather and his brother who fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in World War 1, his younger brother who was imprisoned in Changi in WW2 and his eldest son who was killed in New Guinea in WW2;
- that our school observes Remembrance Day ensuring that future generations will also remember;
- that Emma could take our Last Anzacs book to school and have her teacher read to the class about her Great Grandfather;
- for the Commonwealth War Graves commission for seeking to give every Commonwealth solder a final resting place;
- for the War Graves Photographic Project that allowed me to find a photo of my Great Uncle's grave in New Guinea. No one from our family has ever been - or will likely ever go there - so this link is amazing. I haven't shown it to my Mum or Aunty's yet - he was their big brother - I am sure they will be glad he at least has this resting place;
|John Leonard Kelly|
- for the close relationship I had with my Grandfather even though he was already 75 when I was born (and almost 102 when he died);
I don't remember my Grandfather describing what is was like on the first Armistice Day. He was there - fighting in Europe - lucky to be alive. I can't even begin to imagine the relief that it was all finally over - and yet also the sadness over the monumental loss of life. Our family was just one of so many Australian families touched by the wars of the last century. So many family members who didn't come home or who were never the same on their return.
Lest we forget.