Friday, April 24, 2009



I saw a kid marchin’ with medals on his chest.
He marched alongside Diggers marching six abreast.
He knew that it was ANZAC Day - he walked along with pride.
He did his best to keep in step with the Diggers by his side.
And when the march was over the kid was rather tired.

A Digger said “Whose medals, son?” to which the kid replied:
“They belong to daddy, but he did not come back.
He died up in New Guinea on a lonely jungle track”.
The kid looked rather sad then and a tear came to his eye.

The Digger said “Don’t cry my son and I will tell you why.
Your daddy marched with us today - all the blooming way.
We Diggers know that he was there - it’s like that on ANZAC Day”.
The kid looked rather puzzled and didn’t understand,

But the Digger went on talking and started to wave his hand.
“For this great land we live in, there’s a price we have to pay
For we all love fun and merriment in this country where we live.
The price was that some soldier his precious life must give.
For you to go to school my lad and worship God at will,
Someone had to pay the price so the Diggers paid the bill.
Your daddy died for us my son - for all things good and true.
I wonder if you understand the things I’ve said to you”.

The kid looked up at the Digger - just for a little while
And with a changed expression, said, with a lovely smile:
“I know my dad marched here today - this is ANZAC Day.
I know he did. I know he did, all the bloomin’ way”.

D. Hunter
(A veteran of Shaggy Ridge with the 2/12 Battalion in WW2

How many know that the large major battle of World War 2 involving over 21000 Australian Soldiers took place in Kalimantan Indonesia.


Of the over 100,000 Indonesians who died as forced labourers building Indonesia's version of the Death Railway in Sumatera.


Anonymous said...

the word is "abide"...... savour it my good man, next time you burn an election sign....

oigal said...

Anon and your comment applies to what post? Where?

Anonymous said...

sorry, I was trying to make a link between a previous post of yours where say you took down an election sign on your property, and the spirit of Anzac - at least that spirit found in the old hymn often sung on that day "abide with me".

Im sure at least one of the many meanings of "abide" could apply to you in relation to the targets of your intolerance

oigal said...

Know the hymn but sorry don't see the link at all.

My targets of my intolerance..that would be fools, racists, religious freaks who do not respect other peoples freedoms and rights.

Anon.. your efforts to link something such as ANZAC to your trolling is a telling testament to your character.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for hanging in there. I guess the essence of Anzac should remain unique, and as you probably rightly understand it. (Im not sure I do). I was sort of assuming that the essence/spirit of Anzac was something akin to the essence of the hymn, something to do with "abiding"....

your latest post is what i would call "fair" comment

oigal said...


I have underestimated you perhaps (any chance of penname?). As you rightly point out, I do indeed "lead with my chin" and enjoy a good stosh but certain areas ANZAC being one on them are for me beyond that and I appreciate that you are prepared to acknowledge that..

Abide and the Hymns, ANZAC day..what does it mean..yes perhaps it does deserve a post from the Stump's perspective..but it woudl not be the usual "feed the troll posts"

As for the lastest post.. What do you say about a bunch of bastards that in the middle of the GCC these pr*cks award themselves a $90 week electorate allowance..3 times the amount they are suggesting the aged pensioners get in their next increase. SWINE ALL OF THEM