Get ready to live Anzac Day 2021
If you are in Australia you should know how to live Anzac Day is one of the most significant national holidays in the country, this day is celebrated on April 25 each year. This date commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand armed forces during the First World War.
What do you think is the meaning of the word ANZAC?
Anzac means Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers belonging to these military forces became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in representing that name continues to this day.
Why is this day special for Australians?
When the war declared by Britain began in 1914, Australia automatically sided with the Commonwealth, as the government was eager to establish a reputation among the nations of the world.
In 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers were part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula to open up the Dardanelles to the Allied navies. The ultimate goal was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of Germany's ally, the Ottoman Empire.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli on April 25, encountering resistance from the Turkish Ottoman defenders (a campaign that took more than 8 months). At the end of 1915, the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula and both sides suffered numerous casualties, thus facing great difficulties. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. That 25th April became Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
The military forces of Australia and New Zealand left a powerful legacy known as the "Anzac legend" and it has become an important part of the identity of both nations.
The meaning of Anzac today for Australians
Australians recognise 25 April as a day of national remembrance, which takes two senses. Memorial services are held across the country at dawn, at the time of the original landing, while later in the day, former servicemen and women gather to march through the country's major cities and smaller ones.
Memorial ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials throughout the country. In this way, Anzac Day is a time for Australians to reflect on the different meanings of war.
The traditional national ceremony
At the Australian War Memorial, the National Ceremony usually begins with the traditional order of service, which includes the march of the veterans, the memorial speech, the laying of wreaths, hymns, the sound of the Last Message and the observance of a minute's silence, and the national anthems of New Zealand and Australia.
This year, as a result of the latest national health councils, the Memorial is closed to the public from Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice, so this year Australians will have to celebrate Anzac Day from home.
National Commemorative Service
As is traditional each year, the host will be the National Dawn Service, but this year their presentation will look a little different. The memorial service will be attended by dignitaries representing the Commonwealth of Australia, the people of New Zealand and the Veterans and Services League. There will be a ceremonial bagpiper and a bugle among other traditional elements.
You can experience Anzac Day:
- The National Memorial Ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC TV and iView.
- The Anzac Day programme starts at 5am.
- You can also watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on this website.
What you will see in the transmission:
The National Memorial Service will begin with the sounds of the Didyeridu from the parapet of the Memorial, played in the morning stillness by Seaman Lynton Robbins, a Kamilaroi man from the Royal Australian Navy.
Después de esto, el Discurso Conmemorativo del Día de Anzac será pronunciado por el Honorable Scott Morrison MP, Primer Ministro de Australia.
Share your Anzac day:
As a way of inviting the Australians celebrating from home have created the hashtag #AnzacAtHome, with which they will be able to upload photos or videos to social networks, and thus demonstrate their support for the commemoration. It is hoped that many people will be encouraged and participate.
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