Saturday, April 24, 2010

ANZAC DAY - 25 April

Good Morning!

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.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, ANZAC Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

Traditionally, sprigs of rosemary are worn on ANZAC Day. Rosemary has particular significance for Australians, as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Just a little history for you all!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.

1 comment:

MrsK said...

Hi Kerrie thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, i'm really looking forward to have a play with my new digi's and scrapbooking is rather a new adventure for me also

Hope your ok and thanks for the history lesson, i didn't know that before!

Take care

Sal xx

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