We stand alone here today,
Because of who fought for us to stay.
At 4:28 the first fleet arrived
Just barely, they survived.
99 years ago they fought for our lives
Little do you know 11’000 ANZAC’s died…
They fought for 8 months
While they watched their mates die
Somehow they soldiered on
Thinking “I need to stay alive”
Many had wives, many were injured,
Many… Did not survive
You think of them of the people who went to war
I think of them as the Diggers, Fighting for our souls
The stains of blood spread over the beach
As brave young lives cut short and lost
So far from home, so out of reach
Lives cut short…Just for peace
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by row
Marking the place Our Diggers lay
Their family’s willowing and joining in Pray
The sun still rises over the past blooded land
The ocean still washing away the memories in the sand
Every year..On the 25th of April
We join in prayer
Praying for those who have fallen:
They shall not grow old,
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning,
We will remember them.
-Lest We Forget-
Undoubtedly the most heroic of all bear subspecies, ursus arctos syrius, or the Syrian brown bear, is the only breed of bear to have a member of its species be a decorated war hero. Wojtek, pronounced “Voytek” (pet name of Wojchiech, meaning “joyful warrior”), was a friendly Syrian brown bear who was willingly conscripted into the Polish Land Forces as a private and served from 1943 to 1945 with the, hauling artillery shells for the 22nd Company.
After the war, Wojtek was promoted to Corporal and was moved to Scotland with the rest of the 22nd Company. Following the demobilization of the Polish Land Forces in 1947, Wojtek left the 22nd Company and co-starred as himself on a children’s show on the BBC called “Blue Peter”. He was payed in cigarettes, which he ate, as he did not know how to use a lighter.
Wojtek died in December of 1963, after fathering eight healthy children with his wife Ewicia, who was also a bear. On the 25th of April, 2013, the Krakow city council had a bronze statue of him erected in Jordana Park in celebration of his efforts during the Battle of Monte Cassino . On September 16th, 2013, the City of Edinburgh gave him another statue, him posing with a Polish artilleryman, because he was a great bear.