Friday, April 24, 2015

Poppy Day

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The Completed Mermorial
24th of April, 2015. Nearly 100 years ago was the landing of the ANZAC troops in Gallipoli. On this day, Pt England had a memorial for the soldiers who fought for us, 100 years ago.

After assembly, we all gathered outside on the future basketball court, where the memorial was. All of us Prefects had a job to do. My job was to say a karakia for the soldiers. After the Last Post, the English & Maori Ode, I said my karakia.

The reveille was next, after a minute of silence. You could tell that lots of people were beginning to cry. I was too.

The following poem is for the soldiers that died. The first 3 verses were mine, but the last one was an altered version of the Ode Of Remembrance. May your deaths not be in vain.

Fighting for their country,
The soldiers of ANZAC
Some of them died,
and never came back.

Dying for us,
They were our shield.
They now lie,
In Flanders Fields.

25th of April,
That is the time.
They landed at Gallipoli,
To help stop World War crimes.

They shall grow not old,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the dawn,

We will remember them.

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