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#1 NickAu

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 04:21 PM

When is Anzac Day?
Anzac Day falls on the 25th of April each year. The 25th of April was officially named Anzac Day in 1916.

What does 'ANZAC' stand for?
'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.

Why is this day special to Australians?
On the morning of 25 April 1915, the Anzacs set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and an ally of Germany.

The Anzacs landed on Gallipoli and met fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. Their plan to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months.

At the end of 1915, the allied forces were evacuated. Both sides suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli and the events that followed had a profound impact on Australians at home. The 25th of April soon became the day on which Australians remember the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.

The Anzacs were courageous and although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy.

What does Anzac Day mean today?
With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the remembrance of all Australians killed in military operations.

 

What happens on ANZAC Day?
Anzac Day remembrance takes two forms. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing in Gallipoli – 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.

A typical Anzac Day ceremony may include the following features: an introduction, hymn, prayer, an address, laying of wreaths, a recitation, the Last Post, a period of silence, either the Rouse or the Reveille, and the national anthem. After the Memorial’s ceremony, families often place red poppies beside the names of relatives on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour, as they also do after Remembrance Day services.

Rosemary is also traditionally worn on Anzac Day, and sometimes on Remembrance Day. Rosemary has particular significance for Australians as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula. Since ancient times, this aromatic herb has been believed to have properties to improve the memory.

The Anzac Biscuit
During World War One, the friends and families of soldiers and community groups sent food to the fighting men. Due to the time delays in getting food items to the front lines, they had to send food that would remain edible, without refrigeration, for long periods of time that retained high nutritional value; the Anzac biscuit met this need.

Although there are variations, the basic ingredients are: rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda, and boiling water.

The biscuit was first known as the Soldiers’ Biscuit. The current name, Anzac Biscuit, has as much to do with Australia’s desire to recognise the Anzac tradition and the Anzac biscuit as part of the staple diet at Gallipoli.

The Anzac biscuit is one of the few commodities that are able to be legally marketed in Australia using the word ‘Anzac’, which is protected by Federal Legislation.

For useful links surrounding Anzac day, please click on the below:

Dawn Service  
The Last Post  
The significance of Silence  
The Rouse and the Reveille  
The Ode 
For the fallen  
In Flanders Fields  
Catafalque Party  
Our History

 

To all our servicemen and women past and present I say Thank you.

 

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:14 PM


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:26 PM


Edited by Condobloke, 24 April 2015 - 05:39 PM.

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LINUX IS THE ANSWER

 

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:34 PM

Can I use this as an excuse to drink beer? (Like the 4th of July and Cinco de Mayo)



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:37 PM

 

Can I use this as an excuse to drink beer?

Yes.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:44 PM

Yes !....followed closely by a game of two up....    (for the uninitiated......TWO UP  )


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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:52 PM

In that case, G'Day mate.

 

It's still the 24th in the US but I'll try to make up for it tomorrow.

 

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 05:57 PM

and G'day to you too........start early.....I did !


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It is the Courage to Continue that Counts.

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Posted 25 April 2015 - 12:53 PM

A great belated ANZAC DAY to all.


Edited by Orange Blossom, 25 April 2015 - 01:21 PM.
Moved to more appropriate forum. ~ OB


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 02:54 AM


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fed up with Windows antics...??

 

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Success is not Final, Failure is not Fatal,

 

It is the Courage to Continue that Counts.

W.C. 4th June 1940

 

 

 


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Posted 30 April 2015 - 11:29 AM

Sincere respects to our Australian and New Zealand cousins.

 

If anyone get's a chance, there is a great mini-series call "Anzacs!" that came out in the mid 80's.  Well worth watching.

 

Another excellent Australian production was about the Anzac Sappers, who dug deep under the German trench lines to create huge craters just prior to attacks.  It's name however, escapes me at the moment.  Anyone?

 

Cheers!

 

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 03:42 PM

Beneath Hill 60.......? I think....

 

 


Edited by Condobloke, 30 April 2015 - 03:43 PM.

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:07 PM

I give the Aussies credit for just surviving.

 

They live on an island that is little more than a desert and every animal is a killer.

 

See this cute guy?

 

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He doesn't have fangs in his mouth.  He has them on his feet.

 

We have some bad animals in Florida, the worst being the huge flying cockroaches, but fangs on its feet?



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 09:21 AM

Beneath Hill 60.......? I think....

 

Now I remember.  Hill 60 was part of the Ypres salient. In 1917 the second largest chemical explosion in history using over 125,000 lbs of HE was used to take out the German front line.  The Aussies did all the digging, in impossible conditions.  They were plagued by loose sand, flooding, and German countermeasures.

 

FYI the largest was a munitions ship in Halifax harbour in Canada.  Took out the entire dockyard area and a huge chunk of the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Heavy civilian casualties in that one.

 

Cheers!

 

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