Anzac Day – a sprig of rosemary in rememberance.

Rosmary Sprig

Australia pauses today to remember the sacrifice of those who have died in war.

Rosemary is an ancient symbol of remembrance and taken as a herb, is reputed to improve the memory.  Rosemary has become an emblem of fidelity and remembrance  and traditionally, sprigs of rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day.

Rosemary also has a special meaning for Australians, because it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.

We remember that day, 25 April,1915, when the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand landed on that beach at Gallipoli and with courage made the supreme sacrifice. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed.

With a population of 4.5 million at that time Australia, as a fledgling nation suffered 61,921 military deaths in the “War to end all wars,” WWI and through the pain gained a new sense of identity.

In memory of those who have died in the many wars since, I offer this poem:

(© 1995, reproduced with the permission of the copyright holder, all rights reserved)

Fields of the Somme. ( by A.C. Jobbe )

A sunset glows over the sacrificial altar, over those fields of the Somme.

The air is still.

Yet, do the fields still retain the screams, the cries, the broken dreams of broken lives?

The ground is still.

The tremors of exploding shells that reaped young boys running from trenches echo in the silent grass.

The hearts are still.

Of those who came for valour but who, in an instant, tasted the battleground and sowed them with their souls.

And every day a sunset glows bright red.

The air is still. The ground is still. The hearts are still.

Another day, hushed,

remembers.


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~ by abstraktbiblos on Friday, 25 April, 2008.

One Response to “Anzac Day – a sprig of rosemary in rememberance.”

  1. my 5 year old daughter was asked by her prep teacher to find out why rosemary was important on ANZAC day, the information i found here was perfect for her, thankyou and may we always remember those who fought for our country, kim herni and family

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