ANZAC Day 2007

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Legend of the ANZACS

In the heroic campaign that followed the landings at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli, on 25th April 1915, casulties on both sides were heavy. The Allies, including Australians, New Zealanders, Britsh, Canadians, Indians and French, lost some 50000 killed. The total casulties in the Allied side at Gallipoli, including the Allied dead and those wounded or evacuated for sickness, were some 250000. The Turkish forces lost 86682 killed and sustained similarly casulties.

Gallipoli was the first time that Australians and New Zealanders participated together in a major conflict. The name ANZAC (from Australian and New Zealander Army Corps) became a universally recognised symbol for the soldiers of both nations, and for those who fought and died during this conflict. ANZAC Day, celebrated annually on the 25th April, remains a significant occasion in both countries, at which time all those who have served and died in the service of the nation are commemorated.

Being an Australian, I always observe Dawn Service. As has been the case for a while now, I went to Hyde Park Corner to remember the dead. It is a quite moving affair, one I expect most Australian and New Zealanders have taken part in at least once in their lives.

I have been to the bridge in Sarajevo where Franz Ferdinand was assinated which started WW1.

I have been to Gallipoli and seen where the carnage took place.

I have traipsed the fields of the Somme.

I have toured through the carnage of the Flanders Fields.

It was a war of attrition. Heroes from both sides were discovered. John Simpson the donkey man and Mustafa Kemel, the first President of Turkey to name but a few.

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

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
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thistlemoon
thistlemoon on

thanks
Thanks for writing on this. I had no idea this celebration even took place until I heard it here.
Thanks for teaching me something new today.

llelyn
llelyn on

Gallipoli
Me too. I looked up the Donkey Man on the web and was deeply moved.

uncle_davros
uncle_davros on

Lessons
Hi

I am glad you both discovered something new. As I have said for a long time, the older we get, the more we realise how little we know.

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