ANZAC (Australian & New Zealand Army Corps) day is Australia’s most important national occasion as it marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. On the 25 April 1915 Australian soliders landed in Gallipoli, from there on any man who joined the Australian military forces became an ANZAC and every year we celebrate and recognise every soldier who has fought to protect Australia in all wars.
Both my grandfather’s fought in WWII and were incredibly beautiful men and so proud to be an ANZAC. In the last years of my grandfather John ‘Jack’ Prosser life I was able to spend time with him and document his memories and time in the War. The most proudest moment I had with him was when I got to march with him in his last ANZAC Parade.
Spending time with him and documenting his life taught me more than I could ever ask for about life, history and the courage and strength one can have to survive and protect their family and future loved ones. So every year on this day we remember those who fought and those who were lost protecting our nation.
Dawn service @ Martin Place, Sydney 25/4/13.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.
Ceremony of remembrance.
At this hour upon the 25th day of April in 1915, ANZAC became one of the immortal names in history. We who are gathered here think of those who went out to the battlefields of all wars, but did not return. We feel them still near us in spriti. We wish to be worthy of their great sacrifice. Let us therefore once more dedicate ourselves to the ideals for which they died. As the dawn is even now about to pierce the night so let their memory inspire us to work for the coming new light into the dark place of the world.
ANZAC Parade – George Street, Sydney – 25/4/13
Always remembered, never forgotten. I love you.