Today is ANZAC day.
As I mentioned in my previous post, this weekend Australians and New Zealanders are remembering all of the fallen heroes who fought for our freedom in past wars.
Each year we also pay tribute to all Australian servicemen and servicewomen when we go to the Brisbane CBD to watch the ANZAC day parade.
Marching today were veterans from all past wars, as well as current serving members of the Australian Defence Force, the Australian Defence Force Cadets and the Australian Air League.
There is one special veteran who always gets an extra special cheer from us each year....my dad!
He was a mechanical Engineer with the Australian army during the Vietnam War.
Slim Dusty sold more than seven million albums and singles in Australia and over the course of his career, he collected more gold and platinum albums than any other Australian artist.
He was the first Australian to receive a Gold Record, the first to have an international record hit, and the first singer in the world to have his voice beamed to earth from space!
He recorded and released his one-hundredth album in 2000 and became the very first music artist in the world ever to do so. He was then given the honour of singing Waltzing Matilda in the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, with the whole stadium singing along with him.
Dusty not only recorded songs written by himself but also recorded songs written by other fellow Australian performers. And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda is a song, written by Scottish-born singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971. The song is an account of a young Australian soldier who is killed at the Battle of Gallipoli in World War I. In the song, the protagonist loses his legs in the battle, and later notes the passing of other veterans with time, as younger generations become apathetic to the veterans and their cause.
In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. (Source of information)
So, here is a Sunday Song for you, Dad, and for all of the Australian men and women who have served for our country.
Thank you for visiting today. I am so thrilled you stopped by to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under!
Best wishes for a beautiful week,