Wednesday, April 24, 2013
ANZAC is an abbreviation of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
April 25, 1915, was the day the ANZACS landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula,
now known as ANZAC Cove to battle the Turkish army during WW1.
More than 11,000 ANZACS died on the Gallipoli Peninsula despite being
there for only eight months.
The original ANZAC biscuit was known as an ANZAC wafer or tile and was
part of the rations given to ANZAC soldiers during WW1. They were included
instead of bread because they had a much longer shelf life.
ANZAC was originally the Australasian Army Corps. However, protests from
New Zealand led to the adoption of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Administration clerks found the title too long and adopted the
abbreviation of ANZAC.
Despite being affiliated with Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC included officers from Britain, Ireland, India, Zion, Ceylon and the Pacific Islands.
"Lest We Forget" is a phrase popularised in 1897 by Rudyard Kipling,
which was adopted as the line of The Recitation along with the "Ode of Remebrance", taken from Laurence Binyon's "For the Fallen".
The last surviving ANZAC, Alec Campbell, died on May 16, 2002.
As it is a public holiday tomorrow, our school held an ANZAC day
commemoration today. We had Nashos(Veterans), politicians and special
guests. I was emotional the whole time. The school choir sang "Where
have all the flowers one?" while the wreath laying took place.
The most emotional was when a fellow teacher Aide and her daughter and 6 year old grandson lay a wreath for her son in law who was killed 10 months ago in Afghanistan. Then a 12 year old Turkish boy read out a poem written by Kamal Ataturk honoring all mothers of the sons who died on Turkish soil. This boy has only been here for 4 years and helped his 'English as a 2nd language teachers' translate it into English. He is so proud to be an Australian now and then he and a girl student read it out out verse by verse in English. Two opposing sides are now together and that's how all nations should be. A true message of Unity.
I am so proud of the children who will carry this ANZAC spirit to the next generations. 1000 children sitting and listening for an hour was amazing.
Tomorrow my friend and I will walk to the ANZAC Dawn service to pay our respect. LEST WE FORGET.
Makes me proud that our school commerates this Day in a befitting way.