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ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2014

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Soldiers after training in Ingleburn NSW, 1959. Creative Commons Copyright Australian War Memorial.


Australia is celebrating the ANZAC Day on 25 April 2014. This means another long weekend. For most, it is good time spent with family or friends, but for many, it means a day to show that Australia remembers. It has been almost a century since ANZAC, and one may wonder what it is that Australia is keen not to forget.

War broke out in 1914 and the almost new, just-a-little-more-than-a-decade-old Australian federal commonwealth then was keen to establish its place amongst other nations of the world. It formed the ANZAC, or the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, as part of the allied forces that set out to capture and free the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the navy of the allied forces. To cut the long story short, the allied expeditionary forces failed in its objective to capture and free Gallipoli, and over 8,000 Australians died in what was expected to be a quick assault but quickly became a drawn out stalemate for 8 months.

The Australian Flying Corps, 1918. Creative Commons Copyright  Australian War Memorial
The Australian Flying Corps, 1918. Creative Commons Copyright Australian War Memorial.


The ANZACs did not win the battle, and many Australians died. 25 April, the day the ANZACs landed in Gallipoli, has since been observed to remember the sacrifice of those who fought and the many who died in the war. The Gallipoli campaign has played an important part in shaping the national identity of Australia and New Zealand and how the two countries view their shared history and the future. It was the first major test that Australia has faced as a nation, and it was a test which Australia has passed.

ANZAC day today commemorates not just the sacrifices of Australian soldiers in the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War, but the sacrifices of the Australian people in any war that it has been involved with, primarily as a member of the community of nations. ANZAC day honours the men and women in uniform and their sacrifices for the country.

ANZAC day is usually marked with a dawn service. The dawn service has its military origins. In a battle, the half-light of dawn is the preferred time for an attack. It is during this time that the enemy is expected to be tired and weary. Thus, it is also the time when soldiers need to be most awake and alert, called the 'stand-to'. Today, the peace and quiet of the dawn, and the promise it holds of a beautiful morning, makes it the ideal moment to remember the comradeship, the joys, and the pains, of those who have been in the war and those touched by the war. Increasingly, participation in the dawn service has grown, particularly in the major cities.

The Gallipoli landing of the ANZAC, 25 April 1915. Creative Commons Copyright  Australian War Memorial
The Gallipoli landing of the ANZAC, 25 April 1915. Creative Commons Copyright Australian War Memorial.


The dawn service for ANZAC Day is happening simultaneously at 4:30am on 25 April 2014 throughout the major cities in Australia. In Sydney, the dawn service will be held at The Cenotaph, Martin Place. Click here for details of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Sydney.

In Melbourne, it will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance. Click here for details of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Melbourne.

In Canberra, the dawn service will be at the parade ground of the Australian War Memorial. Click here for details of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Canberra.

In Brisbane it will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance. Click here for details of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Brisbane.
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Why? Remembering the ANZACs
When: 25 April 2014
Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Canberra
Cost: FREE
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Thanks a poem I wrote for my dad the Anzac day after his death

My dad was a digger
A rat of tobruk
He never made a movie
Or even wrote a book

He stood up for Australia
So many years ago
When her need was greatest
He shouted out I'll go

He never spoke about the war
So I guess I'll never know
But now and then His guard would slip
And reality would show

Those who go to any war
Come home marred for life
And those who don'tcan never know
The cause of all their strife

I'm neither pro nor anti
But in honour I uphold
Those who stood up for Australia
Are glimpses of true gold

Whether you fought in Vietnam
Korea or World War Two
As a proud Aussie I'll just say
This Anzac day thank you

Bill jardine
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