ANZAC Day

  

ANZAC

ANZAC (this year Wednesday, April 25 2018), was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps solders who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on the morning of 25 April 2015 during the First World War.

However, Anzac Day is more than the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is actually the day in which the nation salutes all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The meaning of Anzac is still fundamental for Australians' sense of national identity.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”
In Canberra the Australian War Memorial, in cooperation with the Returned and Services League of Australia ACT, will host the Dawn Service, National Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony.
One of the biggest ceremonies is held at Sydney's Martin Place, where dignitaries from Australia and New Zealand laid wreaths.
Anzac Day also draws thousands of Tasmania to pay their respects to the war heroes. The biggest crowds gather at the Cenotaph in Hobart and at Kingston Beach, south of the city, as well as the Cenotaph in Launceston.
RSL Tasmania President Robert Dick said he was glad to see Anzac services to so well attended: “It goes to show how people are remembering those who served our country,” he said. “It's fantastic to see.”
Thousands also gathered in the national capital of Australia, Camberra. There Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson said it was tempting to settle for the broad brushstrokes, headlines and shallow imagery of Australian history.
He said Australian comfortable lives bred easy indifference to the individual sacrifice made in their names. “102,700 Australians are named on the roll of honour. Like us each had only one life, one life to serve others and our nation. They chose us,” he said.

 

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