ANZAC CENTENARY CELEBRATION IN LISMORE

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ANZAC - Peter Osborn, Luz B. Press and Raymond.

 

No one honours the war. But we honour and remember those armed servicemen and women who gave their lives for our country Australia.

 

25 April 2015 marked the 100 Years Anniversary of the ANZAC. Its acronym stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Yes, 100 years ago, they landed in the dawn of the Gallipoli Peninsula in the North of the Gaba Tepe, the landing area named ANZAC Cove, which became the ANZAC City with the transport ships running supplies in the pier at night. That was their first ever campaign.

 

Gallipoli is known as the scene of the fiercest fighting during the war. Many lives were lost. It is so sad.

 

ANZAC is observe each year in Australia and New Zealand to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought in Gallipoli against the Ottoman a hundred years ago, that was during the World War I. It is considered as one of the most solemn day of the year. The two countries are sharing the same remembrance day and making the same reference in its name. It is one of the most important national holiday in Australia. In 1920, the ANZAC Day was established as a national holiday in commemoration of those who lost their lives in the World War I. It was in 1927 when all Australian States had observed some form of public holiday together. In the mid 1930’s, all the rituals such as dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, laying of the wreath, reunions and the sly-two-up games became the part of the culture in the celebration of the ANZAC. It was first commemorated at the Australian War Memo­rial in 1942.

 

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In Lismore, we had the Dawn March, Solemn Dawn Service and the laying of the Wreath at the Cenopath ac­companied by the thoughts of lost lives in the war to the ceremonial sounds of The Last Post and The Bugle. After the service, there was an organised “Free Breakfast” for the Returned and Services League of Australia and their families at the Lismore Workers Club.

 

Another march was on at 9:00am of the Veterans from all past wars, current serving members of the Austral­ian Force and Reserves with Allied Veterans as well as the Australian Defence Force Cadets, Australian Air League, supported members of Scouts Australia, Guides Australia, other uniformed service groups, different schools and or­ganisations and their families.

 

Poppies are the symbols of remembrance. The message for those attending the ANZAC services in New South Wales is “Go Local”.

 

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ANZAC - Peter Osborn and Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell.

 

There are no surviving Gallipoli Veterans as of today, but their actions hundred of years ago became the inspiration of many Australians to visit the Turkish Peninsula each year.

 

“We Will Remember Them. Lest We Forget”. (by Luz B. Press)

 

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