As a child growing up I can remember watching the Anzac Day march each year, and being so excited to see my Nana marching along with other women who served in WWII.
I remember hearing stories from my Pop about his memories of the ending of WWI (I actually have his commemorative coin they handed out to school children to celebrate this). And I remember each year of my school life the school assembly honouring those who fought for us.
On the 11th Hour, of the 11th Day, of the 11th Month, Lest We Forget.
I also remember a terribly sad song that had the verse “and the band played waltzing matildas, and the old men still answered the call, but year by year, more old men disappeared, soon no one will march there at all”.
Even writing this brings a tear to my eye. I am so thankful that there are people in the world who will fight for our freedom, and I pray each night for those fighting, and that my children will not choose that fight (as I am sure all parents hope).
In honour of those who do and have fought, I am offering the Armistice Poppy as a free download.
I hope you will all join me in supporting Legacy or your local veterans support organisation for this important event.
I also hope you will all join me in 1 minute’s silence on Friday at 11am.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie