Anzac Day:- Australia (Video Included)

Wreaths of red Flanders poppies are traditionally placed at memorials on ANZAC Day.
On 25 April every year, Australians commemorate ANZAC Day. It commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The date, 25 April, was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. In 1917, the word ANZAC meant someone who fought at Gallipoli.  ANZAC Day became a day on which the lives of all Australians lost in war time were remembered. The spirit of ANZAC recognises the qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice which were demonstrated at the Gallipoli landing.

Commemorative services are held at dawn on 25 April, the time of the original landing, across the nation, usually at war memorials. This was initiated by returned soldiers after the First World War in the 1920s as a common form of remembrance. The first official dawn service was held at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927, which was also the first year that all states recognised a public holiday on the day. Initially dawn services were only attended by veterans who followed the ritual of ‘standing to’ before two minutes of silence was observed, broken by the sound of a lone piper playing the ‘Last Post’. Later in the day, there were marches in all the major cities and many smaller towns for families and other well wishers.

The story of our Anzac’s (Click on the photo to watch the video)


*The ANZACs were on the Gallipoli Peninsula for only 8 months, around 9,000 of them died there.
*The Gallipoli Peninsula is very near the famous ancient city of Troy in Turkey.
*The ANZACs were all volunteers.
*The ‘Last Post’ gave one last warning to any soldiers still at large that it was time to retire for the evening. The ‘Last Post’ is incorporated into funeral and memorial services as a final farewell and symbolises that the duty of the dead is over and that they can rest in peace.

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A tribute to the memory of the ANZACs
by M. Kemal Atatürk, 1934
(Founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923)

THE ANZAC MEMORIAL

Those heroes that shed their blood And lost their lives…
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore, rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side,
Here in this country of ours.
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries…
Wipe away your tears.
Your sons are now lying in our bosom And are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land, they have
Become our sons as well.


Members of 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), load an 18 pounder gun in a sand bagged gun pit during evacuation at Gallipoli December 19, 1915.
See more photo’s “Under fire” Herald Sun Picture Gallery

Gallipoli from Both Sides:- Herald Sun Picture Gallery.

IT is the trip Frank Gould has been waiting his whole life to make. At the age of 91, the World War II veteran yesterday started on a journey to Gallipoli to sit with his mates and pay tribute to “the boys who never came home”.  Read the full story in the Herald Sun.

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16 Responses to Anzac Day:- Australia (Video Included)

  1. travelrat says:

    I believe there’s to be a service held around here, attended by members of the Australian Military Attaché’s staff. You may like to read my post at http://travelrat.wordpress.com/2008/07/25/anzac-chalk-carving-codford/

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Yes I believe there is, also in France there is a big service held there every year as well. There are a fair few held in and around Europe.

  2. souldipper says:

    As a Canadian, I read about Gallipoli and the Anzac tragedy with horror about 20 years ago. I had not learned about it so I truly was stunned. It’s hard to imagine how our countries recovered such losses after the different battles that took the lives of so many of our people. How can we be respectful/appreciative and still be determined that it not be repeated? I believe we can!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi souldipper,
      It certainly was a terrible time for everyone involved, so many died, but they will never be forgotten.
      I personally think there will always be a war going on somewhere in the world, there has been since time began.

  3. Barbara Rodgers says:

    So many have sacrificed so much in so many places around the globe – let us never forget them as we try to find peace for our planet. Thanks for this informative post – I know so little about Australian history. Now I know a little more.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      There certainly has been a lot of sacrifices around the world.
      I’m glad that you have found the post interesting and that you have learned a bit of Australia’s history.

      • Barbara Rodgers says:

        My brother-in-law just got back from a vacation in Turkey. He started talking about the ANZAC Memorial and I knew what he was talking about because of your post! Small world…

  4. Winton Bates says:

    I learn something new every day. I didn’t know that Gallipoli was near Troy.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Winton,
      How good it is to hear from you again.
      Yes it is closer than what most people think, you have to cross the water by ferry but it’s really not that far. Have a look at this travel brochure, and there is a map in there, just click onto the map for a larger size.
      Gallipoli and Troy.

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  6. Selma says:

    You provide such thorough information about Anzac Day. It’s brilliant.

    I always feel very proud on this day. And I am so glad we honour the dear Anzacs.
    Lest we forget.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Selma,
      Thank You very much.
      I also feel very proud on this day, and it was good to see so many out in their thousands today not only at the Dawn Service but also the Marches right around Australia, it was brilliant.

      A lot of young kids as well honoring Grandparents etc. A lot of kids wearing their Grandfathers medals in the different parades around the Country, it really was great to see.

      I saw on TV the poor people in Sydney all standing in the rain, our Defense Forces marching in the rain, but the people still turned out in their thousands and all was waving very wet flags as our guys and girls marched past. Here in Brisbane we only had a couple of sprinkles of rain, it mainly stayed dry. All these brave men and women will never be forgotten.
      Lest We Forget.

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  8. Sue says:

    We went to the Dawn Service, just our local one, and there seemed to be a lot more younger people there than there was last year, it is good to see. I also saw where people were standing and marching in the pouring rain in Sydney, there sure looked to still be thousands, for this many people to turn up right around the different places in Australia on a long weekend was incredible.
    Lest we forget.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Sue,
      I agree, it was great to see all those people turn out for Anzac Day. I also went to our local Dawn Service, there was a lot more people this year I feel than there was last year.
      Lest We Forget.

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