Thursday, April 24, 2014


We will remember them

Did you know?
25th April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916;
 in that year it was marked by a wide variety
 of ceremonies and services in Australia, 
a march through London,
 and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.
During the 1920s, ANZAC Day became established 
as a national day of commemoration for the
 60,000 Australians who died during the war.
 All the States observed a public holiday
 on ANZAC Day from 1927.
By the mid-1930s the rituals we associate with the day 
- dawn vigils, marches, services, reunions, two-up
 - were part of ANZAC Day culture.
The Dawn Service has its origins in a routine
 which is still observed by the Australian Army.
 The half-light of dawn is one of the
 most favoured times for an attack. 
 Soldiers in defensive positions were 
therefore woken up in the dark so that by the time
 the first light crept across the battlefield they were alert. 
This is known as "Stand-to".
The first Dawn Service was held
 at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927.
 Dawn services were originally very simple
 and were often restricted to veterans. 
The daytime ceremony was for families and well-wishers,
 the Dawn Service was for old soldiers
 to remember and reflect.

In recent times families and young people
 have been encouraged to take part,
 and services in capital cities have seen
 some of the largest turnouts ever. 


And the band played Waltzing Matilda


Australian National Anthem

Turkey National Anthem


New Zealand National Anthem

1 comment:

Sandee said...

So many heroes across the globe. I thank all of them for their service.

Happy Australian and New Zealand Army Corps day.

Have a fabulous day Phil. ☺