ANZAC day is tomorrow – 25th April. What is it? Why is it important? Why should I care? How can we show our support for ANZAC day during this time of isolation?
These are all questions that are fair and certainly some of the answers you will hopefully know if you have recently become an Australian Citizen or are hoping that your application for permanent residency or citizenship is going to be approved.
Below is a quick overview, including a link to a fun baking activity to do with the kids during isolation. Hopefully plenty of us will be showing our support tomorrow morning by following the government recommendations – read on to find out more.
What is ANZAC day?
Anzac Day is an annual event, falling on 25th April. It is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Why is this day important to Australians?
(prose taken from AWM website) When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federated nation for only 13 years, and its government was eager to establish a reputation among the nations of the world. When Britain declared war in August 1914 Australia was automatically placed on the side of the Commonwealth. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders.
Unfortunately the military objectives failed and over 8,000 Australians and New Zealanders lost their lives but the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy. What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future
How can we show our support for ANZAC day tomorrow?
The ABC always holds an ANZAC day commemoration services and this year will be a little different. We are being encouraged to hold a dawn service on our driveway or verandah – see more here:
And finally – ANZAC biscuits are still traditionally made at this time and so we reviewed a number of different receipes for you all and the best one we found is linked here. Enjoy these!
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