Friday, April 25, 2008


National Day of Remembrance consecrated in Australia and New Zealand in memory of those brave men who lost their lives 25th April 1915 World War I. (Anzac Cove)

I have been wondering all day what exactly ANZAC Day is so I googled it and found out that it is the commemoration of the first major military action that the armies of Australia and New Zealand faced in WWI. Under the plan of Winston Churchill they went to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The two countries formed one army known as the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - thus ANZAC. They thought it would be a quick battle, but it quickly turned into a stale-mate which lasted for eight months. Over 8,000 Australian and 2,700 New Zealand soldiers died during the campaign. To commemorate the day they have dawn services all over Australia and New Zealand. As well as a footy game - of course the day must be marked by sport, right?!

When Madi goes back to school on Tuesday they will have their ANZAC commemoration - we will have to see what she says about it.

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