Reflections after viewing the video clip, "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda," Eric Bogle's poignant reflection on war.
Harry:"And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda,"is a truly inspirational song. It was created by Eric Bogle. It explains the terror, pride and risk of war, but most of all, it teaches us that war may never come to an end, as greed won't stop either. War shall never benefit anyone, because when lives are lost, nothing else matters. This is one of the messages that this encouraging song throws at you. This song explains what terror and chaos war brings and I believe this song does just that.
Hannah P: What a touching story, the words so moving, the actions so brave.It really paints a terrible picture in my mind..the picture of men fighting, killing and hiding. Eric Bogle has really taught the younger generation about war.
Fintan: Eric Bogle's song, "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda," was a very inspirational song about war. My favourite part of the song is when Bogle sings, "And we started all over again," because it shows we didn't learn how bad war is.
Jessica S: Hearing the words of Eric Bogle, created a horrible vision in my mind of how hard it is to be at war. It also made me think of human's stupidity to continue war, killing and injuring more people. This song really made me think of all the horrendous memories that the soldiers would have and how hard it would be for them to move on.
Charlotte: This touching video clip was really inspiring and showed me how brave soldiers have to be and what they have to go through. The line that said, "never knew there was worse than dying," made me realise how lucky we are and how much we take for granted. But the fact is- we know how terrible war is and still did it "all over again."
Tim: Watching this film made me feel sad and grateful- to those who risked their lives for their country...I like the idea of using Waltzing Matilda as an inspiration for a really great song.
Vanessa: Watching this clip reminded me of how lucky we are to be standing here today. Our country, Australia, is blessed to have the soldiers that fought to save our country. We are truly thankful for the work you did for us to make us a safe country.
Celine: This film was very sad, but touching at the same time. It made me remember all the brave people who fought in the war. I likes how the pictures were included and that the song was like telling a story.
Braden: This video made me think how sad it would be if I was forced to go to war and how sad it would be for my family. I also thought how many people have risked their lives for others. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" inspired me to be nicer to others.