Saturday, 25 April 2015

Anzac Day 2015

Anzac Day this year is a special one in Australia and New Zealand. It's 100 years since the Anzac troops went ashore on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915, and a time to remember the many hardships they endured there. 

 Anzac Day occurs on 25 April.  It commemorates all the Australians and New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women, past and present.  The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers - the Anzacs - on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.  The plan was to capture the Dardanelles, which was the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea.  By the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.  

Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8,500 Australians, among the dead were more than 2,700 New Zealanders.

after the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the
South Australian National War Memorial

The Ode

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.

Lawrence Binyon (1869-1943)


  1. You explained Anzac Day so well. It's saddening to read the large numbers of those killed at Gallipolli. The Ode is so moving too.

  2. Amazing to see so many non-military personnel turn out yesterday.
    Your Blog Post is perfect.

  3. Beautifully explained, thanks Pip. The numbers are a stark reminder.

  4. Thank you Pip. From a grateful nation.


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