2408. ANZAC Day 2022

Today is ANZAC Day in New Zealand and Australia when those who served and died in wars are remembered. Ironically the date is not the day of the most celebrated victory but the occasion of the bloodiest battle for these two countries in World War I: Gallipoli – Australia lost 8,141 and New Zealand lost 2,779.

About half a mile from where I live is a little school: Stanley Road School that began in 1895. It has now closed, but the school buildings are used and maintained by the local rural community (mainly sheep, dairy, and cattle farmers).

In the school playground is a large American Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Kids used to play and climb in it from the turn of the 20th century. Are kids still allowed to climb trees?

The original Tulip Tree

In the year 2000 the community decided to plant an avenue of trees along the road past the school using grafts from the original Tulip Tree. There are 25 trees in all that I could count. They form a lovely avenue as you drive along the road when going to town. Each tree was planted by the family of a former pupil of the school killed in the First World War. The deceased soldiers as kids would have played in the mother tree.

The avenue also reminds us of the extent of loss in each little rural community. Twenty-five to die is a high number of kids from a single-teacher little country school. The section of road is known as the Peace Tree Avenue.


26 thoughts on “2408. ANZAC Day 2022

  1. observationblogger

    This was a lovely tribute Bruce and just . ANZAC day and its significance is summed up so well by your phrase – ‘The deceased soldiers as kids would have played in the mother tree’.
    We are considered ‘lucky’ because of where we were born, but it’s really what our ancestors stood and acted for which enabled us to live our lives. Always indebted.

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      1. observationblogger

        Solemn indeed. Mi Papá murió en ANZAC day back in 2003 and I wrote about it in a post, which I still consider my finest post – only because of what his memories conjured in me. Your post was just so beautifully done Bruce. Really.

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  2. umashankar

    Planting of the avenue out of the mother tree is such a touching tribute to the lives cut cruelly short. War is a gobbler of lives, blind and deaf. It’s dance of death is impartial to all, as in Ukraine.

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