Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anzac Day 2012

Today is Anzac Day in Australia. 

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand, a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same remembrance day, but making reference to both countries in its name. 

Before dawn the gathered veterans would be ordered to "stand-to" and two minutes of silence would follow. At the start of this time a lone bugler would play "The Last Post" and then concluded the service with "Reveille". In more recent times the families and young people have been encouraged to take part in dawn services, and services in Australian capital cities have seen some of the largest turnouts ever. 

1 comment:

AstridsSoapbox said...

You've done it again John. Listening to the Last Post and remembering...we have a great country peopled by some amazing young men and women. So proud of them all.