ANZAC day is one of the most celebrated occasions for the country Australia commemorated with utmost fervor and zeal. Every year on the 25th of April the entire nation gets together with a common sentiment in their hearts celebrating the ANZAC day. The abbreviation ANZAC as we all know stands for Australian and New Zealand Army cops. The ANZAC days acknowledges the landing of the troops from Australia and New Zealand at Gallipoli on 25th of April in the year 1915. Earlier around the year of 1917 and hitherto the Second World War, the abbreviation ANZAC stood for someone who had fought in Gallipoli or any soldier of the Australian or New Zealand origin who had fought in the First World War. The ethos of ANZAC discerns the qualities of valour, companionship and sacrifice evinced by the soldiers at the Gallipoli landing.
At dawn, which marked the time of the original landing, commemorative services are organized customarily at war memorials. This custom was inaugurated by the returned soldiers in the early 1920’s as a token of remembrance and respect. The inaugural dawn service was held in 1927 at the Sydney Cenotaph. It concurred with the pronouncement that this day will be observed as a public holiday with all the states recognizing the same. In the beginning, during the dawn services, only the war veterans were in attendance to adhere to the custom of “standing to” prior the two minute silence observed. The silence was then broken by a solo piper playing the tune of Last Post. The second half of ceremony, which took place during the latter half of the day, was comprised of an organized procession and march throughout the cities in view of the entire townsfolk and public.
In today’s date, ANZAC day is an occasion when the citizens of Australia muse on the distinct facets of war and its various interpretations and meanings. Australian Citizens, including ex servicemen and women, gather at the various war memorials throughout the main cities and even the small towns as well.
At the Australian War Memorial, this customs for this formal public occasion are commenced at 10 15 in the morning. Notable and elite personalities holding public offices of the supreme importance such as the Prime Minister are part of the gathering. Other notable attendees apart from the ex servicemen and present servicemen, include the governor general and other grade one officers. This ceremony takes place in an established pattern which the citizens are well acquainted with. An introduction is followed by a hymn and a prayer for the soldiers. Then proceeding then incorporates the officials addressing the public and the laying of the wreaths. A recitation then follows and so does the Last Post after the customary silence is observed.
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