To the rest of the world, thats just a date… to an Australian, that date is when Australia really became Australia. In 1915 a bunch of very brave Aussies gave up their lives in the great war #1. Invading another country to capture targets that were important to our English overlords. Unfortunately for a lot of our young men, we were landed at the wrong place and faced overwhelming odds and despite that, we almost won.
One thing that a lot of people dont realise… is that the 25th of April is also the day when Turkey was made as well. Before that date, there was the left overs of the ottoman empire and the byzantine empires and there was a lot of division in what was then Turkey.
Two countries were forged in conflict against each other and despite of that, both countries are now great friends. Every year, Turkey allows hordes of Aussies to invade their shores peacefully to celebrate Anzac Day at Gallipoli looking out over Anzac Cove. They tend the shores there and look after the graves of all the brave men who died fighting the fights of other countries when they had no dispute with each other.
So… in celebrating the brave men of Australia… let us not forget the brave men they fought against and who became our friends.
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… VALE Anzac