Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anzac Day

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.  ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and the Australian and New Zealand soldiers were known as the ANZACs.

25th April is the day the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli as part of Winston Churchill's plan to open up access to the Black Sea.  The campaign was unsuccessful and many men lost their lives.  News of the event had a profound effect on Australians and New Zealanders back home and the 25th April soon became a day of remembrance for the many soldiers who lost their lives.

Sadly, World War I was not the war to end all wars and many more soldiers have lost their lives on the battlefields.  ANZAC day has now become the day to remember all fallen ANZAC soldiers and the sacrifices they have made for our country.

I'd like to think we'd appreciate the sacrifices made by our soldiers on more days than just the 25th April, and that perhaps we'd start to learn from our mistakes.

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