Lest We Forget
Honouring our servicemen & women this ANZAC day
Hannah Sames - Marketing Manager
ANZAC Day has always been special in our family, my grandad, Arthur Sames, was a fighter pilot in WWII and was one of the lucky ones to be able to come home at the end of it. He kept a journal the whole way through his experience and it has been such a treasured piece of history in our family. Ever since I can remember, dad and I wake up at 5:15am on April 25 and head to the local dawn service, followed by coffee and breakfast at a nearby café to talk about Grandad Sames and all he went through during the war.
Bev Carney - Store Manager, Milford
My Dad was a World War 11 Veteran on a ship called the Warspite out of the UK. ANZAC day has always been a big day for us. Dad always marched and in his later years I always marched with him usually at the Dawn service in Browns Bay. I continue to march on Anzac Day on behalf of my Dad
Chrissy Conyngham - Founder & Vibes Director:
It’s hard to comprehend the sacrifice so many people made, their incredible courage, and how many families lost their special loved ones. If it was one of my children or my husband who lost their life at war I would be so devastated. They have given so much and we can never forget. We honour them and their families.
Some ways to mindfully spend ANZAC Day:
We leave you with this poem written by New Zealander, Mike Subritzky at 15 years old and read during the ANZAC service at Westminster Abbey in 2004, 39 years later.
Pastures green, poppy fields,
graves for soldiers fallen.
A wooden cross marks a resting place,
a thousand miles from loved ones.
Rusted wire, silent guns,
trenches torn and broken.
A helmet rests on a rifle butt,
the tools of war unspoken.
Anzac Days, colours blaze,
their battle honours borne on.
Old men march and a bugle plays,
in memory of the fallen.
- Mike Subritzky, 1965
Flo family x