Wednesday, April 24, 2013
ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was a World War 1 army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force that was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli.
The corps was disbanded in 1916 following the evacuation of Gallipoli. The corps is best remembered today as the source of the acronym ANZAC which has since become a term, "Anzac", for a person from Australia or New Zealand.
Another term we use is Digger. Digger is an Australian and New Zealand military slang term for soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. It originated during World War I. This term is still used today with our troops.
This is the day we honour our fallen ANZACS and Diggers, past and present.
Lest We Forget.
I have had many rellies who served in many wars, starting with the Boer War, 1st World, 2nd World War, Korea and Vietnam.