Friday 25 April 2008

ANZAC DAY - Lest We Forget

Fields Of Red - Matisse Acrylics
2½"x3½" ACEO - © Serena Lewis
In Memory of Soldiers Lost

ANZAC DAY is one of Australia's most important national occasions. Red poppies were seen to be among the first living plants that sprouted after the devastation of the battlefields in northern France and Belgium. On this day, we remember the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp who fought so bravely during the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War. Australia lost over 8000 soldiers. To read the history in more depth, please visit this link.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to the soldiers who still continue to protect us at risk to their own lives, on a daily basis, in foreign lands. They deal with terrible hardships on a physical and emotional level and I pray that they return home safely to their loved ones. Whether you are for or against war (I am pro-peace), there is no denying that these men and women sacrifice so much on our behalf and they deserve our utmost respect.



  1. Couldn't have said that better myself, Serena. We owe a lot to those who serve our country, past & present . . .

    A beautiful painting, Serena :-)

  2. A somber day in history and one that shouldn't be forgotten. Your painting is a beautiful remembrance.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the zebras, too. And I love all your zentangles. Sorry I've been so lax in visiting lately...I've just had the blahs.

  3. Serena,
    Beautiful painting and beautiful sentiment. Thank you.

  4. Thanks, Maria ~ :)

    Thanks, Janet. I love having you visit my blog but please don't feel bad if you don't get the chance to. We all have those 'blah' times. (((Hugs)))

    Thanks, Rhonda ~ :)

  5. This is a beautiful painting, Serena and a very nice tribute. I also really enjoyed seeing the update of your zebras. They look great!

  6. Your ACEO card brought tears to my eyes...and the thoughts you had for soldiers. Thanks, from an Army Mom!!!

  7. Thank you, Anne ~

    Julie, I didn't realise you were an Army Mum. I can tell you that I was very emotional writing the post and shed a tear also. My heart cries for all those who lost their lives in battle. I always well up with tears when I hear 'The Last Post' played by bugle.

  8. A beautiful painting Serena and the perfect tribute!

  9. Beautiful and heartfelt...Words and art together make a powerful team! :)

  10. When we remember their sacrifice may we respect our freedom and do not take it for granted ... their death is not for naught.

  11. Thank you, Margaret ~ :)

    Beautiful sentiment, Luci ~ :)

  12. Serena, I just read about these gorgeous flowers yesterday and now I have stumbled upon a fine painting and article on the same subject. I love your patriotism and God forbid we forget those that have given their all!

  13. I love when those sorts of 'coincidences' happen, Boyd. Thank you for your heartfelt comment.