Anzac Day in Australia

April 25th, 2013

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Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for 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.

Today Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.”

For me Anzac Day makes me both proud and thankful. Proud to be Australian with our heritage of coming to others aid and fighting for what is right; and thankful to God and those who fought to keep Australia free.

This photo (click on it to get a better look) is of the Kings Park War Memorial in Perth. We took a visit when we were down in Perth recently. My wife Larissa had a photo next to the name of one of her relatives who was in the 10th Light Horse Regiment.

I have always liked the inscription on the flame of remembrance where it says, “Let silent contemplation be your offering”.

God Bless,

Dave

 
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