Today in Australia is one of the most special days. Today is ANZAC Day where we remember the fallen soldiers who have fought and died for our country. Whilst we also celebrate remembrance day ANZAC Day is special to both Australians and New Zealanders.
ANZAC Day stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and falls on the 25th of April every year. This day is special to Australians as it was the day of our first major military move in World War 1. On the morning of the 25th of April 1915 the ANZAC’s set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. This was seen as an important area to capture. However, much did not go to plan as they met a very strong resistance. In the 8 months which the campaign lasted (which turned into a stalemate) more then 8000 Australian lives were lost. Through the news Australians back home were shocked and a year later it officially became a day to remember all Australians who have sacrificed their lives so that we may be here today. ANZAC Day today is a day to remember all the lives that have been lost by Australians through war. We remember them during a dawn service and after many family members march in honour of the fallen and those who have returned. Information has been taken from the Australian Army Website which can be found here
While ANZAC day is a great day to remember and take time to sit and remember the sacrifices that these men have women have made so we can live our lives I believe we should be remembering them every year as we still have men and women overseas protecting those who need it and dying so others can be free like us. So not just today but every day We Will Remember Them.
“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.”
The Ode of the ANZAC