ANZAC Day – Lest We Forget

25 April is marked as Australia’s most important national day. Today is our remembrance day – ANZAC Day. It is our saddest day.

Mr and Mrs Romance - ANZAC Day war memorial

The ANZACs – or the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – began in 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand soldiers joined forces to fight in World War One.

Mr and Mrs Romance - ANZAC Day - Sydney war memorial & pool reflection

On this day the ANZACs, on an Allied Forces campaign, landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. It was an attempt to capture this strategic coastline to attack the Ottomans and take their capital Constantinople – now Istanbul in Turkey.

The landings at Gallipoli were met by an unexpectedly fierce Ottoman resistance. In the eight-month stalemate – a strike force gone horribly wrong – there were many casualties on both sides.

Mr and Mrs Romance - ANZAC Day - Scenes WWI war

The ANZACs suffered terrible losses, as did the British and French forces. By the time the troops were evacuated, 8,709 Australians and 2,721 New Zealanders had lost their lives.

Now, the 25 April is a day we commemorate casualties in not just WWI, but also WWII, and any other time a brother or sister of our two nations loses their life in the call of duty.

Mr and Mrs Romance - ANZAC Day - Sydney memorial in sunlight

Today, we remember the brave and glorious dead. Today, we honour them. Today we bless them for their bitter sacrifice.

Images by Mr Romance.

 

5 Comments

  • Reply April 27, 2013

    Amy

    Wow I miss Sydney! Did you go to the march and dawn service?

    • Reply April 28, 2013

      Mr Romance

      Hi Amy

      No, I didn’t go to the dawn service this year. The march is always amazing – so touching to see all the servicemen and women and their families. Really brings the city together.

      I’m from the UK and I was in Brisbane for my first ANZAC Day back in 2000 – it was amazing how the city was transformed there as well. It’s great the way this country celebrates its defence personnel.

      Cheers for stopping by

      Jim

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