Friday, April 25, 2008
ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day.
Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national commemoration. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing in Gallipoli– across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are held at war memorials around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
And Since the holiday is falling on a Friday - many people will be heading off for a holiday like us - will report how it goes in Noosa and Gympie. And Happy Birthday William -shame you wont be getting a longweekend now you live in the US :(