Monday, 23 April 2012

ANZAC DAY? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Tomorrow we all have the day off thanks to ANZAC day but why? What is so special and significant about this day that stops Australia til lunchtime.(I believe it should be all day)ANZAC day is a day to reflect on those who have sacrificed their lives to allow us the freedom and what has made Australia the beautiful country it is today.It is also marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the first world war.
ANZAC stands for Australia And New Zealand Army Corps.In 1915 the Australian and New Zealand forces formed an allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli penisula in order to assist the allied navies.The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (Instanbul in Turkey), an ally to Germany.
The ANZACs landed on Gallipoli on April 25th 1915, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders
The campaign dragged on for over 8 years and although we didnt achieve the military objective, Australian and New Zealand forces actions were recognised as a powerful legacy.We lost 8000 soldiers in Gallipoli, and over 60,000 soldiers during the first world war.
25th April was officially recognised as ANZAC DAY in 1916.During the 1920's ANZAC Day became known as the national day of commemoration, the day we remembered all of our soldiers that had died during this war.
In 1927 ANZAC day was recognised as a public holiday is all states of Australia and by the mid 1930's the various rituals we associate with ANZAC day were established ie dawn services,two-up games,marches etc.
With the coming of the second world war, ANZAC day expanded to included those soldiers who fought and died for our country and subsequently to include those who have fought and died in all military operations involving Australian soldiers.
So tomorrow, when you maybe enjoying a sleep in or a late breakfast please remember why this day is so important.You would not be enjoying the freedoms of this wonderful country if it wasnt for those who have and continue to risk their lives for our freedom.Spare a thought for those who have loved ones representing our country overseas in war regions and those widows of fallen soldiers who are left to raise their children on their own.It doesnt matter what race,religion or creed you are, these soldiers past and present have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live and enjoy what this beautiful country has to offer.

Resources : http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.asp

DAWN SERVICES CLICK HERE

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