a grand turnout this morning for standto in downtown oakey, plenty of old and bold, the parade later was pretty good too, drums were pretty
useless, maybe will have to teach them the odd parradiddle or two,stars of the day were 4 oldies from the lighthorse ,their riders looked pretty good too!!
We're waiting to take MasterPlume to this when he's big enough to understand it properly*. Our mates from Ngati Ranana are all heavily involved & I bought an ANZAC Day Poppy on Saturday as we were in NZ House - just hope MrsPlume remembered to wear it when she went out!
*At the moment we restrict him to Cavalry Sunday as he likes the bands & seeing me march, but it's at a more sensible hour for one of his tender years.
On our village war memorial there is a digger commemorated who signed up with 5th Bn, Australian Imperial Force in 1914. The 5th Bn history, "The Fighting Fifth" avalable from the IWM, is one of the most evocative first hand accounts of any WW1 bn I have read. Well worth a read.
What that Bn went through from Gallipoli to being smashed up at Pozierres on the Somme makes sobering reading. Tremendous esprit de corps but in true Aussi style they staged a strike/mutiny when their Bn was ordered to disband and amalgamate with others.