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Today was ANZAC Day, the date that Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli as part of the British-led assault on Turkey in 1915. While unsuccessful and involving much loss of life over the months that the battles ensued, it was the first major conflict Australian troops had been involved in since the Commonwealth of Australia was formed in 1901. As such it has become the Day Australia remembers its soldiers in all wars, and is marked by dawn memorial services taking place in most towns and cities in Australia, usually at the town's war memorial (which most towns and cities have).

 

Today I was at the service at Gretna, Tasmania for the Dawn Service which started promptly at 6:00am, well before it started to get light.

 

It was during the laying of the wreaths at the memorial that I took this one:

 

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As the poem that is always read at theses services goes:

"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."

 

I thought this photo expressed that rather well.

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My niece is in the Australian Cadets and was involved in the ANZAC parade somewhere in QLD this morning. 

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Wonderful engaging shot Alan

 

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Yes a nice image Alan that captures the ANZAC day spirit so well. 

 

Actually ANZAC Day is also celebrated all over New Zealand as well as in Australia, so this image would be very typical of what might be observed over there as well.  All over Australia and NZ there are similar such monuments to the soldiers of the Boer War, WW1, WW2, and later miltary activities. In some cases you will find these monuments in the smallest of towns often with just a handfull of names on them to commemorate the loss of young men from the surrounding area.

 

An aside: 

ANZAC Day also marks the anniversay of the successful Australian led night attack and battle at Villers-Bretonneux which marked the turning point for the Allies in the First World War.  Australia suffered 2,400 casualties out of 3,900 soldiers involved such was the intensitity of the fighting........  It also marked the rise of Sir John Monash, the Australian General who introduced modern military tactics and risk management methods to the WW1 campaigns and whose skills are generally credited with the shortening of that awful war - to the benefit of all.

 

Correction:  Sorry about this inaccuracy.

 

At Villers-Bretonneux it was the Australian  Brigadier-General "Pompey" Elliott that master minded the attack and who along with Brigadier-General T.W.Glasgow and their troops that carried out this attack.  Monash / Monasch at the time said that their victory "was the finest thing yet done in the war, by Australians or any other troops".  It was however General Sir John Monash at the following battle at nearby Hamel who introduced modern military tactics and risk management methods to the WW1 campaigns and whose skills are generally credited with the shortening of that awful war - to the benefit of all. He used a coordinated Tank, Artillery, air, and ground troop attack at Hamel.

 

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Correction of facts
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