ANZAC Day

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ANZAC Day 2022

We shall remember them

ANZAC Day is the day all Australians come together in remembrance. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. However, it goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.

All ANZAC Day 2022 commemorations across NSW will proceed as normal this year.

The National Commemorative Service will be presented live from the Australian War Memorial on ABC TV and iView from 5:30am on Monday, 25 April 2022. Commencing at 5:30am, an ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at Bicentennial Park, Prince of Wales Drive, West Pymble. Commencing at 7:30am, an ANZAC Day Service will be held at Wahroonga Park, Cnr of Illoura and Millewa Avenues, Wahroonga.

The Australian War Memorial has provided an extensive collection of related resources at their Web site.

Australian War Memorial ANZAC Day information

Menin Gate at Midnight

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is in Ypres Belgium. "Menin Gate at midnight" is a painting by Will Longstaff to commemorate those soldiers with no marked graves on the Western Front during the First World War. The painting is also known as "Ghosts of Menin Gate". The painting is held in the collection of The Australian War Memorial.

The link below is a video reflection on the inspiration behind one of the most moving and captivating paintings following the end of the First World War.

The inspiration behind "Menin Gate at Midnight"

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields is a poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on 3 May 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. In Flanders Fields was first published on 8 December 1915 in the London magazine Punch. Flanders Fields is a common English term for the World War I battlefields of Belgium and France.

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