Friday, April 25, 2008

ANZAC Tradition

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 :(


Jan said...

Your so sweet Bobbie. That helped out alot and now I can see the importance of that day to you. So it is about the war. It might be a lot like Memorial Day here in the states. Those pictures of it are just beautiful. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

I love Anzac Day
Lincoln marched with the school group today, but Christian declined the opportunity. Different personalities! I almost always fight to hold back the tears as I see the old soldiers, or widows, marching or driving by. We live in a wonderful country, and a prosperous and peaceful time, and these other generations, and other nations have suffered and sacrificed a lot. It is also emotional to be a part of public prayer and public hymn singing - God does get the occasional mention in Australia! It is a real community feeling.

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