Thursday, April 24, 2008

A.N.Z.A.C Day

A.N.Z.A.C day is celebrated on 25 April in Australia what A.N.Z.A.C stands for is


In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. They landed at Gallipoli on 25 April

In 1916 the date, 25 April, was officially named ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the 60,000 Australians who died during the war.

There are many rituals we today associate with the day – dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions, two-up games – they are firmly established as part of ANZAC Day culture.

On 25 April you can play Two Up, it is the only day of the year that it can be played legally in Australia, soldiers played this game entertaining themselves while they where in Gallipoli (two-up is played with 2 coins, if 2 heads come up you win, if 2 tails you loose, if one of each the coins are tossed again )

A typical ANZAC Day service starts with a Dawn Service, (at 4.28am-the exact time the time of the original A.N.Z.A.C landing) it starts when the bugle calls ‘Long G’ followed by ‘Last Post’

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