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ANZAC AUSTRALIA – PUBLIC HOLIDAY

ANZAC Day in Australia. ANZAC is an acronym and stands for Australian & New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia & New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915.

In Australia Anzac Day is a unique and special day that brings the community together to remember and recognize the service and sacrifice of members of the Australian and New Zealand Defense Forces who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.

At the rising of the sun, The Shrine of Remembrance on St Kilda Road in Melbourne hosts a 6am Dawn Service. Everyone is welcome and it is recommended to arrive between
4 – 5am to be part of this special commemoration. It is a day of gratitude and reflection and resonates to the present day. One minute of silence will be observed.

The herb Rosemary is also traditionally worn as sprigs pinned on either chest, (left is more common) or held in place by medals on Anzac Day. Rosemary has particular significance for Australians as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey. Since ancient times, this aromatic herb has been believed to have properties to improve the memory, synonymous with remembrance and commemoration.

The Anzac Day March led by veterans and serving personnel and descendants thereof commences at 9am from Flinders & Swanston Streets where thousands of veterans and their descendants and current servicing personnel march down St Kilda Road. Additional trams will operate from 3.54am to enable you to get to the Shrine of Remembrance on time.

On Anzac Day, the MCG in Melbourne hosts an annual football match between Collingwood and Essendon, sometimes referred to as The Anzac Day Clash. This year it starts at 3.20pm. From Waterfront Apartments Melbourne you can catch a water taxi to the football at MCG from North Wharf or go by tram.

Lest we forget

During the First World War, red poppies were seen to be among the first living plants that sprouted from the devastation of the battlefields of northern France and Belgium.

In Flanders Fields, John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, through poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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