Today is Anzac Day in Australia. It’s the day Australia remembers those who have fought for their country and given us the freedom we have today. Dawn remembrance services are held all over the country and this year more people attended the services than in the past few years.
More than any of the other bank holidays throughout the year, Anzac Day unites the country and is a special time to show respect and give thanks for those who have shaped the history of Australia and vow to remember their actions.
Personally, it’s always a day which reminds me of my grandpa, who passed away several years ago. He fought in both World Wars and attended the memorial service each and every year of his life.
I want to make sure that my children understand the significance of Anzac Day and I hope they will be able to attend a dawn service in Australia one year soon. I still remember being woken in the early hours of the morning and going into the city centre in Sydney to attend the dawn service with my family and even as a child I found it very moving.
- They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
- Straight of limb, true of eyes, 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.