Friday, April 25, 2008

Lest We Forget

Today is ANZAC Day (ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

As an Australian, this day, the 25th of April, has great significance. It commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli during the First World War.

ANZAC Day is not a celebration of war; it is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made during that terrible war and in all armed conflicts since. More information about the ANZAC tradition may be found here.

The above photo was taken this morning at the War Memorial of Korea where I attended the ANZAC Day dawn service. It shows a US Military Honour Guard who fired 3 volleys during the service. Both the Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors spoke during the service which was attended by a couple of hundred people, including various Military Attach├ęs and Australian and New Zealand nationals.

Lest we forget...

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