Anzac Day"Lest We Forget"
ANZAC DAY – 25th of April
Anzac Day is an important national day in Australia and is marked by a national holiday.
Anzac Day was first observed by both Australia and New Zealand on April 25 1916, in remembrance of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought together at Gallipoli during WW1. Today, ANZAC Day commemorates Australians and New Zealanders who died and served in all military operations. Anzac Day is also observed in Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue.
The Centenary of the Gallipoli landing (1915) was on April 25, 2015. Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, focusing on the 100 years since our nation’s involvement in WW1 – The First World War 1914 – 1918.
Anzac Day observance focuses on dawn services at war memorials in both countries and featuring the The Last Post performed on the bugle.
The name ‘ANZAC Cove’ was officially recognised by the Turkish government on Anzac Day in 1985. Many people now travel to Gallipoli each year to to be present at the commemorative service at ANZAC Cove on April 25. A ballot to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 was held and people who applied have been notified of the outcome of their application.
The ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice is a very important aspect of Australian national identity. Many refer to it as the spirit of the ANZACS.
Staggering losses on the Western Front in WW1: 178,000 casualties, with approximately half of all Australians killed in all wars dying in a little over 2 years.
The video below titled ‘You never came home’ is a memorial to all the Australians who died on the Western Front in WW1.
To put that in perspective, Australia in 1916 had a population just under five million… Today’s population is close to twenty four million and in percentage would see close to 10,000 soldiers dead and 16,000 wounded.
Many Australians and people from around the world took advantage of the free download of the song ‘can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching?’ in the lead up to the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 2015. The free download of the song will remain throughout the ANZAC Centenary 2014 – 2018
Music and song used in Australia on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day – ‘Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching?‘ is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice.
Over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives in the service and defence of our country. Along with their mates, they’re marching once again, in the towns and cities, across our great land.