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Interesting Facts - Anzac Day.

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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CLAIREINPARIS 4/27/2013 6:55AM

    Thank you so much for telling us about ANZAC Day, Anna. This is a very special blog.

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BUTEAFULL 4/25/2013 3:25AM

    being in the US I hadn't heard of your corp so this was very interesting history for me

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WENDYJM4 4/24/2013 10:31PM

    so lovely and a very special day. Loved reading this Anna.
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PHEBESS 4/24/2013 10:25PM

    I found the ANZAC events here in Darwin to be very moving.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 4/24/2013 9:28PM

    Remembering such things, honoring those who have so bravely served, is such an important part of a nation's strength. That you and your friend are walking to the Dawn service is wonderful! Saw a site about the biscuit (aka cookie? in US lingo?? or... aka hardtack in military-speak) but comments don't include the ability to link:

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HAWTGRANNY2014 4/24/2013 9:03PM

    Thanks for sharing. I didn't know much about it.

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RDEE22 4/24/2013 8:56PM

    We will remember them!!!!
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KAYELENE 4/24/2013 8:17PM

    We will remember them! emoticon

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NORASPAT 4/24/2013 7:24PM

    ANNA, what a delightfully patriotic day this has become. Having the children join the patriotic commemoration is the way to go. In UK as a child that was the way it always was. Eventually it has given way to festivals to commemorate the country's historic occasions. My childhood was steeped in Patriotism, songs and poems and tributes. We have been back very few times and each one was obvious the patriotism is no longer there. It is so sad. I recall many of my mothers generation emigrated to Australia and when they came for a visit they always spoke so highly of their adopted homeland. It is great the children are still learning their heritage and I hope it continues. Too few countries are truly patriotic. Thanks for the heartening story. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 4/24/2013 7:02PM

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    I never knew any of this. It was really interesting. When I see the crackers now I will have a greater appreciation of where the term came from. It sounds like you honored these fallen heroes very well.

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-SHAWN- 4/24/2013 12:53PM

    Anna love how you so much in your life :-)

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PHATPAT18 4/24/2013 12:26PM

    That is a great story.

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L*I*T*A* 4/24/2013 11:18AM

    thanks for this great info..............
what a wonderful celebration.....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/24/2013 10:35AM

    Great information!
We won't remember Veteran's Day until November, but I am trying to design a white cross, poppies and Lest We Forget banner for my store window. i want it sturdy enough to store and reuse for many Remembrance Days.

Keep sharing your message!

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VALERIEMAHA 4/24/2013 10:03AM

    Thanks for sharing this Anna.! Oh my...sounds like a wonderful celebration. And I love the message of Unity and how it was demonstrated by the children!!!

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