Shawn L. Bird

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Remembrance Day- Eric Bogle’s And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda November 10, 2013

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Here is my other favourite Remembrance Day tune, also by Eric Bogle.  The marching in April that he refers to is for ANZAC Day which is the memorial day for Australian and New Zealand troops fighing in Gallipolli during WW1.

This video was put together by a Canadian teacher for a Remembrance Day assembly at her Middle School.  This song represents so much: Respect for those who fought.  Sadness at the loss of young lives.  Desire for peace to keep it from happening again.  Frustration that we still have war.

I remember in the 1970s when I’d go to the cenotaph with my dad, how sad it was that fewer and fewer people attended every year, but these days, it’s heart warming how large the crowds are.  So many families with small children attend, which they didn’t when I was a kid.  I was used to being the only young person there, aside from the cadets .

Enjoy this one.  It’s poignant, powerful, and beautiful.



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