Friday, March 25, 2011

ANZAC Day 2011 Gallipoli

The Fact’s

All the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who when to Gallipoli where Volunteer’s, they when to Gallipoli, under the rule of the British Empire, but they come home to two countries that never again would be told what to do by England.

ANZAC Day is held on the 25th April as that the day the Australian and New Zealand soldier’s first step foot on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, over eight thousand one hundred and fifty Australian’s and two thousand seven hundred and thirty New Zealander’s died at Gallipoli and thousands where wounded .

At Gallipoli Eleven Victoria Cross were awarded, Seven of them where award to Australian who took and held Lone Pine, five of them where award for courage on the one day, 9th August 1915.

The first dawn service for ANZAC Day was in 1923 and first official Dawn Service was held at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927, and they been held ever since.

Many other countries also fought at Gallipoli and all under the rule of the British Empire.

This ANZAC Day, for the first time in my life, I will not be standing on Aussie ground.

This year I will be thousands of miles away at Gallipoli in Turkey.

This year Ross and I will be with thousands of other Aussie at ANZAC Cove for the Dawn Service,

We will walk where the legend of the Australian Digger was born,

We will see the place where Australia and New Zealand Soldiers for the first time become ANZAC’s, and where we become a country in our own right,

We will see the Graves of those who never made it home,

We will walk on the beaches where so much ANZAC blood was spilt.

All my life I have hear stories about Gallipoli, it always been part of who, we are as Aussie. When I started to write this blog, I wanted to know more, I when to a my friend Ian, who some of you know, and ask him where I could read about Gallipoli and what when on, most of the fact above came from page he sent me, but one thing stood out on every page, ”Courage”, the courage of the men, who fought and never gave up and how they stood by each other in time of need and how the Aussie Spirit was born out of war, but that spirit still live with us today.

I have found this blog very hard to write and I don’t know why, as every year I write about ANZAC Day and those who where lost fighting for our Freedom, so why is it so different this year.

I’ve never before found it hard to say what I felt, I’ve always had strong feelings about our War died and those who have fought for our country, I’ve never before had trouble having my say about how we treat our Soldiers and Vet’s or what should be done for them.

All I can put it down to is this year; I will be standing on what once was a battlefield, just the thought of being where so many ANZAC lost their lives move me to tears, so many young men were lost, and thousands where hurt or disable, so many families lives where change forever.

Ross and I leave Australia on the 10th of April, we are going to see Nikki in Georgia and then on to Turkey on the 20th, I am taking red poppies from Australia with me, if any one would like one lay at the dawn service, please let me know, I’m very willing to do that for you, I’m sorry I can’t look for graves of family, I wish I could but we just won’t have the time.

“Lest We Forget”

That we are Free,

Because of what they did for this country,

May they always R.I.P, knowing that we care.

S.M. Mac Arthur ©

A tribute to the memory of the ANZACs
by M. Kemal Atatürk, 1934
(Founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923)


Those heroes that shed their blood

And lost their lives...
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore, rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side,
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries...

Wipe away your tears.
Your sons are now lying in our bosom

And are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land, they have
Become our sons as well.

Lest we forget”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

"Can anyone Help Please" President Ronald Reagan / Ms Lois McCaffrey

I was wondering if any of can you could help and maybe give me some information on some items that have come into my possession;

They were all given to Ms Lois McCaffrey from President Ronald Reagan,

I Have,

1 American Flag still in it box with a Republican Presidential Task Force certificate Dated May 2 1986

1 Christmas card and envelop dated 1985

1 birthday card dated 1986 with photo of the President and his dog

1 set of 3 photos in a clear envelop with official proofs written on it, dated 1986

1 photo of the President and John McCain and it signed by both of them, the envelop date May 22 1987

1 the President Inaugural invitation for Ronald Reagan and George Bush dated 20 of January 1985

1 Medal of Merit still in its box

1 Lapel Pin still in its box

All the, envelops and cards are embossed, with the White House insignia.

I wrote to the Ronald Reagan Library and sent photos and was told from what they could see, that they where the authentic.

I don’t know anything about Ms Lois McCaffrey, I was told when I bought all these things from a fair, that she was Australian, but I really don’t know, I would be very grateful for anything any of you can tell me, link to place to look or any other informant on them, as now I have to decide what to do with them, because I won’t allow them to end up back where I got them from.

Thank you for any help you can give me,

S.M. Mac Arthur ©

Friday, March 4, 2011

PARENT - Job Description

This was sent to me, I can see a lot of me in it

PARENT - Job Description

Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop


Long term, team players needed, for challenging,
Permanent work in an
Often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication
And organizational skills and be willing to work
Variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends
And frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to
Primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.


The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
Until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
Pack mule
And be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat
In case, this time, the screams from
The backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
Such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
And stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
Coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
For clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute,
An embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
Half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for
The quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
Janitorial work throughout the facility.


Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
So that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you


None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
Of the assumption that college will help them
Become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that
You actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
No tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
No stock options are offered;
This job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love,
And free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.