A.N.Z.A.C. DAY 2013

Hi APJ Family,

Today is an important day in Australia. We join together to mourn, celebrate and congratulate the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps for their courage in war.

My Dad was a WWII vet, a bomber in the Air Force, who signed up underage and lost the use of his legs in the war. The rest of his life spent as a paraplegic. He would wheel in the ANZAC Day Parade until age and infirmity meant he couldn’t anymore and then they put him on the back of a truck and he would wave.

He was a good man and did his best, his jewellery/watch repair/gift shop was the original meeting place for the first Australian Paraplegic Games Team and he went on to win medals in a few sports. He married my beautiful, clever Mum who was his nurse at the Repat. hospital. He was my Dad and I wish I had known him better.

What fragrance will I wear to remember him, when I go to visit his plaque? Tabac Original by Maurer & Wirtz

I hope you all have a happy and enjoyable ANZAC Day, wherever you are.

Lest we forget.

Portia xx


31 comments on “A.N.Z.A.C. DAY 2013

  1. cookie queen says:

    I am so glad I have learned about ANZAC day.
    And ANZAC cookies. It is something I had no clue about.

  2. Tara says:

    What a lovely tribute to your dad – he was a true hero. May his memory be a blessing. Hugs, Tara

  3. Kesbah says:

    Very touching post, Portia. x

    Today I shall wear vintage L’Air du Temps, for its rosemary – for remembrance – and for the contemplative, gentle place it takes me to.

  4. Tora says:

    I honor your father. He sounds like a true hero. Thank you for telling us about him, his sacrifice, and ANZAC Day.

  5. What a beautiful post. Your parents sound like good folks to me.

  6. Undina says:

    Three of my grandparents were WWII veterans and I join you in celebrating your father’s memory.

  7. brie says:

    I as well join you in celebrating your father’s memory. And thank you for enlightening me as I did not know about ANZAC day.

  8. tomatefarcie says:

    One of my strongest travel memories is visiting the hallowed ground at Gallipoli. I am thankful that my parents instilled yhe power of travel and reading. Australians and New Zealanders have made unparalleled sacrifices.

    I’d also like to remember Armenians on this day, April 24, Armenian Remembrance Day to commemorate victims of the Armenian genocide.

  9. hajusuuri says:

    This brought tears to my eyes – a very touching tribute to your dad. I’m in Chanel Bois des Iles today (since Sunday in fact).

  10. Madeleine says:

    Hello lovely,

    What a moving tribute to your Dad. He sounds like he was an amazing man. I think about my Grandpa on ANZAC day – he also served in WW2 and was a captain in the Czech army.

    M xxxx

  11. Selina says:

    A beautiful tribute and thank you for this post – i believe it is so vitally important to keep the memory alive and not forget. My father served in the UK air force in WWII and i give thanks to all of those who so selflessly made sacrifices for us all. xxx

  12. poodle says:

    It’s good to remember our veterans. Your dad sounds like he was a brave strong man who didn’t let physical limitations hold him back. I really admire that strength in people. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Kandice says:

    What a lovely tribute to your dad. He sounds like a very special person. Thanks for sharing, Portia. I hope you had a wonderful day.

  14. haefennasiel says:

    Beautiful post, Portia! Your parents are blessed to have found each other … 🙂

  15. anicasunny says:

    Thank you Portia for sharing your story….Lest we Forget..

  16. Dear Portia
    Such a wonderful post that I regret to say I came to late.
    Your father comes across as a remarkable man.
    May we remember him and all those who fought and lost their lives or health in war.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  17. LaurenW says:

    Joining (a little late) in ANZAC Day. Thank you all Autstralian/New Zealand veterans. May God bless you always.

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