ANZAC DAY – 2020
Due to the Corona Virus (Covid19) ANZAC Day remembrance celebrations and march have been cancelled for this year.
We ask that you still pause on ANZAC Day for a moment to reflect and remember the soldiers that have served for us through the different conflicts that we have fought in.
HISTORY OF ANZAC DAY
ANZAC DAY – 25th APRIL – is Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the 1st major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during WW1. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as the ANZACs.
The 25th of April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916.
Anzac Day is a day of remembrance observed in Australia and New Zealand. It falls on the anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landing at Gallipoli, in Turkey. The day was originally observed to honour the soldiers who died in that conflict, but now commemorates and honours all Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women, past and present, who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The Gallipoli Landing, also known as the battle of ANZAC Cove, was a particularly harrowing battle, which involved many ANZAC troops and a great loss of life.
The ANZAC spirit would carry them through the Great War – their battles at Gallipoli, along the Western Front, at places such as Ypres, Fromelles, the Somme and Pozieres and in the Middle East and Beersheeba. The ANZACs would remember their mates in Gallipoli. They would not let them down, they would fight on until the war was won. Between 1915 and 1919 the ANZACs would be awarded 66 Victoria Crosses, the highest award for war-time bravery.
The calibre of the first ANZACs set the standard for all Australian servicemen in their subsequent war efforts, in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf and the ANZAC spirit has carried on through the decades.
So, today, when you hear someone speak about the ANZAC spirit, think of courage, bravery, endurance, mate ship, determination and sacrifice their lives for their country and mates.
These are the values that were demonstrated so strongly by the soldiers at Gallipoli and are important in defining Australia as a nation.
THE LAST POST
In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day’s activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his final rest and at commemorative services such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
The Last Post is one of a number of bugle calls in military tradition that mark the phases of the day. While Reveille signals the start of a soldier’s day, the Last Post signals its end.
The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914. The verse, which became the League Ode, was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.
“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