Wednesday, 25 April 2012

We Will Remember Them

Today is ANZAC Day what does it mean to you? If you are not Australian then probably not

For some Aussies it is a day to remember the fallen, for some it just a public holiday and for others it's an excuse to have a booze up.....................and then there are the ones who it is all those things...for me it is a day to remember.

Now I am going to share what Anzac Day is:

The Anzac Tradition was forged on the 25th April 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. It marked the start of a campaign which lasted 8 months and resulted in 25,000 Australian casualties, including 8,700 who were killed or died of wounds or disease. The bravery and spirit of those who served on at Gallipoli shaped a legend and so the Anzac became part of the Australian and New Zealand lexicon.

The 25th April was named “Anzac Day” the following year in 1916 and by the 1920's Anzac Day ceremonies were held throughout Australia and the states had designated Anzac Day as a public holiday.

The legend of the Anzac has transcended time to become a symbol of what we value as Australians. In recent years there has been a resurgence of participation at Anzac Day ceremonies with hundreds of people often making the trip to Turkey to be at Gallipoli for the dawn services this is something I think would be cool to do also.................

As a child I can remember being at my grandparents place and watching the Anzac Day marches on telly with my pop, it is a special memory for me.....................

                                                              They Shall not grow old
                                                             as we that are left grow old;
                                                               Age shall not weary them,
                                                              nor the years condemn them
                                                               At the going down of the
                                                                sun and in the morning,
                                                                We will remember them. 


Shelly said...

Thank you for enlightening us. I'd read of ANZAC Day, but you have helped to fill in the blanks for me. A lovely and fitting tribute to those who've sacrificed so much.

timothy said...

thanks darlin i adore learning new things and others traditions/holidays, and now i know. god bless the famalies and the fallen, i'll add them to my global prayers today! xoxoxoxoxo

CWMartin said...

LIke I told Mynx- being an amateur historian, I know full well the great contributions that Anzac troops made despite the idiot positions allied commanders put them in.

Josie Two Shoes said...

I appreciate you taking the time and effort to tell us more about what today is commemorating. Learning new things is good! Remembering those who died for something they believed in, very good!

LV said...

Thank you this most interesting bit of Australian history.

whiteangel said...

Nice post Jo-Anne,
It's a moving day emotionally.

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

Shelly........Thank you it is one of the most special days for Australians

Tim.....Thank you for adding them to your prayers

CW.....Yes they did an awesome job despite the brass....

Josie....Yes it is an important day we should all remember those who died in the name of their country

LV......Your welcome

Whiteangel....Yes it is thanks for droping by

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