Anzac Day 2016 in Wangi Wangi

April 25, 2016 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Australia, History, Reflections, Society, Special Occasions, War and Conflict | 14 Comments
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ANZAC means Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

As we do every year, today we celebrate Anzac Day here in Australia and in New Zealand.

The landing by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915 was Australia’s first major action of the Great War. These soldiers quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

When they landed they faced fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers died in the campaign.

Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.

I have written before on Anzac Day – herehere and here.  And Here is more background.

Here in Wangi Wangi, NSW, there was a dawn service. At 10 o’clock we had a parade down Wangi’s main street, consisting of past and current servicemen and women, school children, and members of various public services and voluntary organisations. The R.A.A.F. provided the armed service contingent this year.

The large and growing contingent of vintage army vehicles is a always popular drawcard for everyone. It ended at the memorial in front of the RSL (Returned Services League) Club, where a half hour ceremony was conducted.

We also had a flypast by three BAe Hawk fighter jets from the RAAF base at Williamtown, Newcastle.

I took photos of the parade and the later display of vehicles, but I could only get one partial shot of the people conducting the ceremony as I wasn’t tall enough to see over those in front of me. Here are some of the highlights of the morning.

01 Hardware sign

02 RAAF lead parade

03 salute

04 K9 unit

05 Wangi school

06 Full tracks

07 Jeeps

08 Ambulances

09 Old blitz trucks

10 Half-track truck

11 Crowd heads to the ceremony area

12 Ceremony blocked by crowd

13 Part of vehicle display

14 Looking to lake

15 Looking from jetty

16 Flags

 

Lest we forget

 

I have heard people who are quite opposed in their views about occasions such as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and others. Do you think they really commemorate those who served and suffered for a righteous cause? Or are these occasions really glorifications of nationalistic pride?  I would be interested if you could share your views.

 

(c) Linda Visman,  25th April 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dobell Park, Wangi Wangi, 28th January 2011

January 28, 2011 at 5:41 am | Posted in Social Responsibility | Leave a comment
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It was a national holiday two days ago. Many locals and some visitors came to Wangi’s Dobell Park to celebrate Australia Day. The day was filled with activities – children and adults of all ages playing cricket and throwing frisbees, swimming in the lake, picnicking – generally having a good time.

Today, I had to wait for a prescription to be filled by the chemist, so I wandered over to Dobell Park to sit at a picnic table and enjoy the lake view. Yesterday’s hot northerly had changed to a cooler southerly. Dobell Park is open to the south and gets its full effects. And the breeze today certainly had plenty to occupy itself with.

Forgive me while I make a list of what the wind is tossing about and what remains lying about on the grass and in the garden:

Empty beer stubbies and Coke bottles;

Fish-and-chip and hamburger wrappings and;

Plastic wrappers, water bottles, straws and caps;

A cardboard carton that had held a “slab” (a dozen bottles) of beer;

Soft drink cans and flavoured milk cartons; Empty cigarette packets and plastic food containers;

At one end of the park, an old pair of shoes and a single “croc” shoe.

Among all this detritus, what really got me were the paper plates and disposable plastic cups being tossed about by the wind – they were emblazoned with the Australian flag.

So, is this how we Australians demonstrate pride in our country, by turning a lovely lake-side park, named after a local Australian icon (Sir William Dobell)  into a rubbish tip? I am ashamed and disgusted.

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