ANZAC Day 2013

April 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Posted in Australia, History, Society, War and Conflict | 13 Comments
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ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The term Anzac originated in World War I, when our countries’ combined forces landed on the beaches of Gallipoli, Turkey,  on the 25th April 1915.

The Anzacs land on the Gallipoli beaches, under fire from the Turks who hold the high ground.

The Anzacs land on the Gallipoli beaches, under fire from the Turks who hold the high ground.

This campaign, in which many hundreds of men lost their lives, was the first real test of the armies of these two new nations; their “Baptism of Fire”.

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Nowadays, ANZAC day is celebrated by the people of Australia and New Zealand on the 25th April, the day the first forces landed on the beaches of what is now called Anzac Cove. From the beginning, they faced extremely strong opposition from the Turks, who had the high ground. They dug in and both sides endured many months of warfare under terrible conditions.

Gallipoli trenches

Anzac Day has come to rival Remembrance Day (11th November) as a reminder of the sacrifice that so many made in the service of their country. All wars in which Anzacs served since that initial campaign are remembered, right up to the present Afghanistan campaign that is still going on. Every city and almost every town with a population of more than a few hundred has its parade and its ceremony of remembrance.

Here are some pictures of Anzac Day in my little town, Wangi Wangi, on the shores of Lake Macquarie, New South Wales.

The parade is led by a lone piper and a single drummer.

The parade is led by a lone piper and a single drummer.

Ex-servicemen march along the main street of Wangi behind the piper & drummer

Ex-servicemen march along the main street of Wangi behind the piper & drummer

Children from local primary schools also participated.

Children from local primary schools also participated.

A small selection of the many old army vehicles that participated in the march.

A small selection of the many old army vehicles that participated in the march.

A section of the crowd heads towards the memorial for the remembrance service.

A section of the crowd heads towards the memorial for the remembrance service.

Some of the officials and veterans.

Some of the officials and veterans.

On Anzac Day, and only on that day, a traditional Aussie gambling game called two-up is allowed by law. It is played by tossing two old pennies off a small strip of wood, and bets are called as to how the pennies will land: two heads; two tails; or one of each. Large amounts of money can be wagered on this game, so it’s probably a good thing it is banned for the rest of the year! The crowd also becomes very noisy as the game progresses.

The crowd at the two-up game.

The crowd at the two-up game, held in the garden of the Wangi RSL (Returned Services League) club.

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(c) Linda Visman (text & photos)

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  1. Wonderfully informative. Thanks Linda

  2. Beautiful and respectful, thanks Linda.

  3. Lest we forget…

  4. Looks like a great anzac tribute for our soldiers both fallen and returned, from your local people, love the idea of the bagpipes (the sound of them give me goosebumps every time) – and lovely blue skies. We had a lovely dawn service here at Mooloolaba surfclub with the outrigger boats paddling out into the ocean and laying wreaths. It was my first dawn service, can’t believe I have never done it before this.

    • It was great that you did get to go to the dawn service, Karen. What did the kids think? Adrian said they went down to Brisbane for the march and that we had more vehicles than they did down there! Takes a country town to put on a good commemoration. 🙂

  5. I think it’s great that the day is celebrated separate to Nov. 11th, as each country’s sacrifice has been different and it’s good to remember your own troops specifically as well as not just ones from WWI. Thanks for introducing me to this tradition:-)

    • Glad to see you dropping by :-). I think it is a good thing to share our traditions with others as a way of understanding that we are all very much the same inside.

  6. Great, respectful post.

  7. And it was Anzac Day just last week. Another chance to stop and consider.

  8. […] have written before on Anzac Day – here – here and here.  And Here is more […]


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