ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military engagement fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the Great War. Australia was only a federal commonwealth for 13 years prior to the outbreak of that war, and the national government was keen to establish our reputation around the world.
In 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) formed part of an allied expedition with the goal of capturing the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies.
The forces landed on the shores of Gallipoli on the 25th of April and met heavy resistance from the Turkish defenders. The daring plan became a stalemate that dragged on for eight months… and eventually the allies retreated at the end of the year.
While technically a defeat, the day is marked with Dawn Services across Australia and New Zealand – and on the many battlefields where ANZAC’s fought – past and present – followed by parades of serving men and women as well as family members of those that have served to protect these two great nations.
There was a time when I put serious consideration into joining the Royal Australian Air Force, but my dream of being a pilot was hindered by my poor eyesight. I also considered another career path, but ultimately decided on staying in the television industry.
Through my work in television, I have spent some time on air bases in WA & Queensland… and have great respect and admiration for the work they do.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget.