The following Poem by Rebekah, a Y8 Student from Room Five was entered in the Waikato Museum's ANZAC Day Poetry Competition, it was read by Rebekah at the Museum on April 25th.
This A is for the Australians that fought for me
This N and Z is for New Zealanders that made us free
This A is for the anguish as they marched to their death
This C is for their cry as they took their last breath.
This D is for the danger they did face
This A is for the anger from our race
And this Y is a question
Why did it have to be?
I hope your ANZAC DAY is stunning,
But remember why we're free.
I hope your Anzac Day us brilliant but as you drink your cup of tea
I ask a little favour please - remember why we're free.
Remember what happened on those gray and dusty nights
Remember all those soldiers dirt and blood stained sights
Remember all the wives at home in bed
Remember all the worries as they sat and read.
Remember all the tears that fell like rain.
Remember all the wishes that got washed down the drain.
Remember all the lives it did cost.
Remember all the arms and legs that were lost.
But remember also something happy
Don't just get sad and sappy.
Remember all the survivors with tales to share
Remember all the soldiers - how they did care.
Remember how they fought for you and me
Remember how they fought so we could be free.
So next time you are sad or down in the dumps,
Just remember these things - it will give you sad and happy goose bumps.