We remember the Fallen
Today we stand with the men and women who fought and fight for our freedom. This day is a reminder of the sacrifices many of our families have made in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
For the past few years, we have lived on the doorstep of an active Airforce base, watching how hard our service men and women work. They do the unseen, and often, the unthanked. Currently, New Zealand has 30,000 returned serviceman and women, a number that may surprise you. The age of the returned soldier is becoming younger, no longer our grandparents but our peers.
After listening to the speeches at the Hobsonville RSA ANZAC ceremony, bare and open realities brought home the truth that these sacrifices are still made on a daily basis.
Like many others, we grew up with the stories about bravery and courage of our grandparents serving in WW2. Each of their unique stories so fascinating with growing crops to feed the troops in England, serving in the home guard, being a runner for the Army in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, and piloting a bomber plane out of the Solomon Islands. Nanny was a nurse when the American troops landed.
The photo below is of one of the few remaining intact bomber planes sitting on the on Milne Bay ocean floor in Papua New Guinea. A sobering reminder of the giant's shoulders we stand on and the continued sacrifice of service men and women who deploy every day to ensure we have freedom.
To those that still deploy and serve in the name of peace, we salute you.
Tamati and Rebekah