It's ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand (or at least it was when it was today there).
This day obviously has more meaning for the Aussies and Kiwis than to a Yank like myself, but it always makes me think of the famous and excellent song And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle.
In my opinion this is one of the best war songs written. Definitely not a jingoistic, rah-rah patriot song, but not quite a preachy protest song either.
Just a song that makes us to ask serious and important questions of ourselves.
This version is performed by the Clancy Brothers.
My brother in-law Nick will be home this weekend from Iraq for some much deserved shore leave. It will be great to see him again.
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