This year marks 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. Anzac Day is a special day when we commemorate all those who served in the wars.
This day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. We remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The name Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
Anzac Day tradition
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914.
Why is this day special to Australians? Read more here.