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Thursday, April 25, 2019

ANZAC day, Digger

25th, April is ANZAC day. A national remembrance in Australia and New Zealand of those who served and sacrificed for countries. I sketched a new "digger" statue set up by a local council and RSL club. He looked sad. What do you think, Friends?  
While I was sketching this digger, I had a chat with him. The digger told me that he really wanted to go home, Australia. I shed tears. Mentally and physically, his formidably stressful life in a trench should have hurt and changed a young sensitive soldier so much. I remembered the book, "All Quiet on the Western Front." Although the book depicts German soldiers in a trench in WWI, the theme is universal. It tells anti-war in my eye.  

Btw, do you know about the noun, "digger"?  
After WWI, a “digger” became an official name for a veteran in Australia. Originally, a "digger" meant “a miner” in Australian English slang. It came up since 1849. The word revived in World War I to refer to an Australian soldier. British troops used the “digger” to refer to Australian and NZ troops. Then, today, it refers a veteran. 
http://slll.cass.anu.edu.au/centres/andc/annotated-glossary/d 
Friends, "Peace, forever." Never, ever make young soldiers sad again. 



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2 comments:

  1. Beautiful painting, Sadami - very sensitive.
    I join in your plea.

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    1. Thank you very much, Chris! Feedback on the work is very positive. I'll keep it up. Best wishes, Sadami

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