Thanks to James Penson for his thoughts on ANZAC Day and what KPS is doing to mark the event.
ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War which broke out in 1914. In 1915 Australia and New Zealand sent soldiers on an allied expedition to Gallipoli. The soldiers landed at Gallipoli on April 25 with the aim of capturing Constantinople (known as Istanbul today). But what they thought would be a quick mission turned into an eight-month long ordeal, during which more than 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed.
This news significantly affected Australians back home, and in 1916, April 25 became the date we paid our respects to those who had sacrificed their lives for their country. From the 1920s, the day picked up momentum and commemoration services were held throughout Australia, New Zealand and even overseas. Continue reading