- the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli Peninsula on 25-April-1915, and the heroic failure that ensued. ‘ANZAC’ initially meant a soldier who had landed & fought at Gallipoli.
- the various meanings of war, sacrifice, mateship, larrikinism, loyalty, bravery
It is a commemoration: a public display of individual, group and society’s remembrance and respect.
This year, a relative of mine who has marched in Sydney for years, will not march. He is not well enough. He will watch it, and look for his mates on, the ABC’s TV coverage. I rang him yesterday to wish him a good day.
Ode to the Fallen (‘the Ode’)
(from ‘For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon)
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.
Lest We Forget.