– The Chiang Mai Australian Consulate joins other Australians in Thailand to acknowledge those who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The Australian & New Zealand Embassies are hosting a dawn service at Hell Fire Pass, Kanchanaburi, Thailand. The Consulate is not aware of any private Anzac Day events in Chiang Mai.

Ode of Remembrance

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

  • Lest we forget

Origins of the Ode

The Ode of Remembrance has been recited to commemorate wartime service and sacrifice since 1921. The Ode is the 4th stanza of the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon. The poem was first published in British newspaper, The Times in 1914. The poem later appeared in many anthologies of war verse. In 1919, Binyon’s poem was selected to accompany the unveiling of the London Cenotaph and was adopted as a memorial tradition by many Commonwealth nations. The poem was read at the laying of the Inauguration Stone at the Australian War Memorial in 1929