Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Today commemorates the day back in 1915 during World War 1 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey with other allied forces in a vain effort to capture the Dardanelles in order to keep open the supply route to the eastern front.
The campaign lasted 8 months before the allies were forced to withdraw leaving 25,000 Australian casualties.
But ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day when all Australians remember who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Ceremonies are held in cities, towns and villages across the nation. There are the traditional dawn services and wreath layings at the local war memorials. These are followed by parades later in the morning and veterans' reunions in the Returned Soldiers Clubs and pubs for the rest of the day.
Many Australians make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli for this day. There is a huge combined Allied/Turkish ceremony there at dawn which is telecast live back to Australia and New Zealand.
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

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