“I rise out of bed today in peace, safety and free because of generations of brave, selfless men and women. I look at my daughter with gratefulness – thankyou for your sacrifice.”
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps is ANZAC. Today is ANZAC day – a very important and sacred day. The 25th of April (today) marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It is crazy to think that when world war one broke out, Australia had only been a federated Nation for 13 years.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on the 25th April. Eight months later, the allied forces were evacuated. More than 8,000 Australian and 2,500 New Zealand soldiers were killed. Australia was never the same – the Gallipoli campaign had a profound impact on Australians at home. The 25th of April soon became the day on which Australians and New Zealanders remembered the sacrifice of all the men and women, in all wars.
The 25th of April 2015 is exactly 100 years since the landing of allied forces on Gallipoli.
To those who left but never returned
To those who returned but never leftThank you