Photographer's Note

ANZAC Day is the day in which Australians remember the contribution made by their military services to the preservation of freedom, both of Australians and the countries overseas in which they served. Many servicemen lost "mates" through the course of war, and on this day they are remembered.

Traditionally this day was preserved for WW I and WW II vetrans, however as time passes, and many of these original "diggers" have since passed away, and servicemen and women who have served in theatres of war since are now also included(including involvement in Vietnam, Korea, and UN representation).

The term ANZAC originated as an acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, an army corps of Australian and New Zealand troops who fought against the Turks in 1915 at the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. Within Australasia, ANZAC came to stand not just for the troops in World War I, but for Australian and New Zealand soldiers in time of war more generally. Anzac Day is observed annually in memory of those soldiers who died in war. It is commemorated each year by both countries on April 25, the date of the first landing at Gallipoli in 1915 on a beach known as ANZAC Cove. (It is similar to days such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or V-E Day commemorated in other countries.)

(Rference: Wikipedia)

The subject in this photo has the rank of Staff Sergent, and was a glider pilot. The red poppy attached to his beret is a traditional Australian symbol of rememberence for lost servicemen.

This photo was taken around 8AM at the Adelaide War Memorial on North Terrace. Around 5000 people attended this service, which starts before sunrise. The Ode below is recited at all such ANZAC services, and describes the rememberence of servicemen for their lost mates.

The Ode
They shall not grow 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
Lest we forget

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