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So some of are probably wondering Im making a post about something called ANZAC Day, well its this weekend on April 25th. Ill try keep it brief but it is a massive part of Australian History and it shapes our country today. My father and I every year go to the dawn service and it is quite an emotional time for us as we have military members serving for our country.
Heres a little explanation if you dont know what ANZAC Day is:
“Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand.
Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, ANZAC Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.”
Our city where I live in is the last bit of Australian Land that many Australian Soliders saw before heading off to Gallipoli in World War 1. Its so sad to think about that my beautiful city where I live was where some 60,000 australian soldiers LAST saw their friends and family. Kinda makes me teary sometimes.
An ode of rememberance is usually quoted, so I would just like to take the time to post this.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
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.
Rest In Peace.
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Thanks for posting this ccranetobe. You are right about ANZAC day being such an important day to Australians and New Zealanders. Without the sacrifices of those braze men and women we would not be living the peaceful safe lives we are now.
For ANZAC day I watched the dawn service from home, then I worked at my local football which held a memorial service and my club played our rival club like we do every year. It really means a lot to the guys who play. The coach makes a speech about how if it wasn’t for the anzacs we wouldn’t be here to play football, and it gets quite emotional.
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Thanks ccranetobe! This year Anzac Day had special meaning for me cos it was the first time that I’ve had a class of kids to teach about Anzac Day and why it is so important. It was really hard to try and get 5 & 6 year olds to understand what the day is about, and how war isn’t cool and how awful it actually was for the soldiers and their families. However, after our discussion and showing the kids my grandfather’s medals I think they all have a good idea about how important Anzac Day is. It’s so important that we continue to pass on the meaning of the Anzac Spirit and Anzac Day so that it isn’t lost over time, especially as we no longer have any WW1 diggers left and as time goes on we’ll eventually have fewer and fewer veterans from WW2 as well. Thanks again ccrane!
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We had a really good ANZAC day, went to the dawn service with my dad, I couldnt drag FH out of bed and then we went down to the march and I waved on the sidelines as my Dad marched.. and went for coffee at the RSL and they had a submarine in port so we went down and had a bit of a looksie (wernt allowed to go on board tho) and then dad and I spent the rest of the day at the RSL.
Was a great day 🙂 I always get teary when they play the last post. :S
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I always tear up at the last post too. I get so emotional thinking about the people who died horrible deaths in foreign lands to ensure the safety of us, the future generations.
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Grandad with Marie Bashir (NSW Govenor).
He was Under 16 when he was deployed, cheeky little bugger 🙂
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Im tearing up now after reading the ode again CCrane!!
Watching the evening news always has me with tears streaming down my face on Anzac day!