Anzac Day, 25 April, is the Service personnel memorial day and a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand. It commemorates the landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula during World War One on this day in 1915. While the campaign was, in fact, a defeat it is very important in New Zealand and Australian history as here for the first time the armies of both countries were recognised as being separate from the British Army, so really it is the date our National identities were first established. ANZAC means 'Australia New Zealand Army Corps'. In World War One New Zealand had over 18,000 young men killed & our population was just over 1 million, which represented one of the highest per capita casualty rates of all the protagonists in the war.
Every Anzac Day dawn services are held all over both countries and at the end the crowd are invited to place poppies on crosses by the Cenotaph. I remember going to my first Dawn service as child and remember the old soldiers being led in by veterans of the South African War of 1899-1902. Next year is the 100th Anniversary so ceremonies, particular on the Gallipoli Peninsula itself will be huge. I have been asked to escort a two week tour to Turkey for these commemorations.
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jhm (134440) 2014-05-01 3:31
Here in Belgium are different New Zealand soldiers dead, during World War II.
On different cemeteries lie victims between 1943-1944.
A pity but the people learn nothing out the wars, we get everyday new wars in de world.
Sharpness and clarity are very well.
You play excellent with light and shadows.
Excellent composition lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice May 1,