How do you adequately thank a true friend, someone whose stands by you when it counts? ANZAC Day is a perfect occasion to do exactly that.
Because today is ANZAC day, when our brave allies in Oz and New Zealand honor their superb Diggers and Kiwis, the fighting men who have been at our side as America’s comrades in arms through the best and worst of times.
Officially, this is a commemoration of the anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Galipolli, a bold attempt to end WWI that almost worked but ended in defeat. But like the Americans at the Alamo, the gallantry exhibited at ‘Jolly Polly’ amazed the world. But it also serves as a day for honoring those whom have bravely served and remembering…the ones who came home, and those that didn’t.
The Australians And New Zealand fought with us in two world wars, in Korea, and in Vietnam. And the Australians also fought by our side in Iraq. Under their code name Operation Falconer, they were some of the first troops to have boots on the ground. And even though their government strongly opposed the operation in Iraq, New Zealand still sent naval ships and engineers there to help.
The Diggers and Kiwis even went to war with us in Afghanistan, even though they’re not NATO countries. Anyone who’s served in AfPak will tell you how superbly they fought there. Every report I’ve heard of their performance in AfPak marks them, along with the Canadians, as some of the most useful and resourceful non-U.S. troops in the theater, miles ahead of most of the motley crew supplied by our European allies. They were always willing to mix it up with the jihadis, never shirked the hard jobs, and the Ozzies lost 41 of their mates in AfPak as their share of the sacrifice involved. Five New Zealanders lost their lives there.
Here’s a salute to true friendship that never dies..may we be allies and friends forever.
Rob Miller writes for Joshuapundit. His articles have appeared in The Jerusalem Post, The Washington Examiner, American Thinker, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The San Francisco Chronicle, Real Clear Politics, The Times Of Israel, Breitbart.Com and other publications.