This painting of my 7 year old son is in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the ANZACs . Having an Australian mother and New Zealand father he is something of an ANZAC himself. The anniversary got me thinking of the young boys and girls left behind when Aussies and Kiwis answered the call to fight a war on the other side of the world never to return. A call to duty they responded to bravely and largely without question.
Those boys and girls were left without fathers, wives and girlfriends without their lovers, mates left mateless and parents without their sons to carry on a legacy, their flames extinguished. These lives were immediately affected as were those of the next generation, and the next through to the present. Now we are four generations on.
On ANZAC Day the number of service men and women marching reduces every year and this is a positive. However for every one of those who gave their lives (and still do today) they never got to march, to grow old and see their loved ones once more. At our ANZAC day commemorations there stands a family member, friend or neighbour who never got to say thank you, goodbye.
This image represents those who were left behind, a young boy wearing his father’s uniform standing at a funeral offering his final goodbye.
Lest We Forget – Those left behind.
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during World War One. The experience of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) during the campaign was a formative event in the development of both nations identity and is marked by the annual ANZAC day commemoration that coincides with the date of the landing. Over time ANZAC day has evolved into a day when the sacrifice of our armed forces in all conflicts is remembered.