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.
ANZAC Day: Commemorating the men, women & service animals who have served our great country in conflict, during peace keeping and humanitarian exercises, on home soil & abroad. To the families that support them and the communities who welcome them home. Those who have bravely lost their lives, those members currently serving.
Understanding ANZAC Day + why Australians pay respect:
What is ANZAC Day?
‘ANZAC’ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as ANZACS and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.
Why do Australian’s commemorate ANZAC Day?
The 25th of April became the day on which Australians remember the sacrifice of those who died during WWI. The ANZAC’s were courageous and although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy. You can read more about why it’s important to Australians here.
What do you wear on ANZAC Day?
Rosemary is an emblem of remembrance. It is traditional on ANZAC Day to wear a sprig of rosemary pinned to your coat lapel or to the breast (it does not matter which side, though left seems most common), or held in place by medals. Neat/smart attire is observed for ceremonial attendances (collared shirt / suit jacket for the gentleman, and a sleeved blouse / knee length skirt or dress for the ladies.
How you can support?
The Australian War Memorial tells powerful stories of Australian service men and women who died for our freedom. Donations assist the Memorial to create new programs and projects to inspire and educate visitors on the Australian experience of war.
What is Legacy?
Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering after the injury or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. We currently care for around 60,000 beneficiaries, with 96% of them being elderly widows throughout Australia.
Remembering my Grandfather who served in WW2, Vietnam & Korea, and my best friend currently abroad. May you arrive home safely. Lest We Forget.
Want to learn more? You may also be interested in: Remembrance Day.