To day 25th April, is a very special day for New Zealanders and Australians as we celebrate ANZAC Day, to commemorate those who died in World War 1 in Gallipoli (Turkey). ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and 25th of April is the day thousands of Australian and New Zealand men and women, landed on the shores of Gallipoli. Every year there are traditions and rituals, to mark those that never returned, such as the Dawn parade, and dawn service, during which there is the laying of wreaths, children and families and friends march alongside the older service men and women to local war memorials. Many of these are followed by a minute’s silence and a reading of the ANZAC dedication. A lone bugle blower sounds out the Last Post as the sun rises.
Later everyone retires to the RSA, (Return Servicemens Association) for breakfast where veterans and their families enjoy a time of remembrance and relaxation. A third of New Zealanders alone were killed during the Gallipoli war.
Poppy Day is usually celebrated the Friday before ANZAC Day as a remembrance of ALL people who have died in ALL wars and worn for a few days as a sign of remembrance.
ANZAC Biscuits are a popular biscuit made in New Zealand and sent by families to their loved ones during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. Both Australia and New Zealand claim to have invented them.
This website has a beautiful picture showing the Auckland War Museum covered in pictures and film clips of World War 1 and ANZAC Parades of yester-year…. http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/1727/anzac-events
The following is a children’s book on ANZAC Day ….
By Glyn Harper and Illustrated by Bruce Potter, Published by: Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd
Quote from the Christchurch Library…..Story of Roly, the donkey who became New Zealander Richard Henderson’s donkey during the First World War campaign at Gallipoli. Together they collected wounded soldiers from the battlefield and transferred them to Anzac Cove to board hospital ships
Here are a couple of website to enlighten… http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/the-gallipoli-campaign/introduction
They shall not grow old, as we that are left to grow old; Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.