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We will remember – Anzac 100 Year Commemoration

Posted in Recruit IT News on April 22, 2015

ANZAC Lest We Forget 100 Years Comemoration

 

In the busy world we live in, it is good that we stop and remember the sacrifice that was made.

This sacrifice was on the battlefields by the Anzac’s and by all the men and women of Aotearoa, New Zealand who have given their lives over many wars.

Anzac Day being the 25 April, commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

This year 2015, is the Anzac 100 Year commemoration of this day.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians and 2779 New Zealanders.

The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.

It may have led to a military defeat, but for many New Zealanders then and since, the Gallipoli landings meant the beginning of something else – a feeling that New Zealand had a role as a distinct nation, even as it fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.

Anzac PinNo one knows who came up with the term Anzac. It is likely that Sergeant K.M. Little, a clerk at Birdwood’s headquarters, thought of it for use on a rubber stamp: ‘ANZAC’ was convenient shorthand. Later the corps used it as their telegraph code word.

The poppy has its origins in the early twentieth century, when red or Flanders poppies bloomed over the graves of soldiers in France and Belgium. The poppy is now the undisputed symbol of remembrance.

Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since then.

A short service follows with a prayer, hymns (including Kipling’s ‘Recessional’ or ‘Lest we forget’) and a dedication that concludes with the fourth verse of Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen:

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.

100 years on, it maybe harder for many of us today to relate to the hardships and horrors that many New Zealanders went through during WW1 and WW2. However they were very real and many of them gave the ultimate sacrifice, that being the giving of their lives so that future generations can enjoy what we have today.

For this ultimate sacrifice we say thank you and we will remember them.

Wanting to take some time out this Anzac weekend to commemorate.
See what commemorations are in your area by visiting www.rsa.org.nz/find-an-anzac-day-service

Excerpts from ‘The Anzacs’, URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/anzac-day/the-anzacs, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 3-Sep-2014

Other Anzac information can be found here.

Anzac Day full history.
www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/anzac-day/introduction

Searchable database of all New Zealanders who died at Gallipoli.
www.anzac.govt.nz

Remember the fallen
www.shadowbattalion.nz

Gallipoli Commemorations
www.gallipoli2015.govt.nz

The Real ANZAC Biscuit Story
www.armymuseum.co.nz/kiwis-at-war/did-you-know/the-anzac-biscuit/