Anzac Day is a time for Communities to come together and recognise the sacrifices and service of the members of the Australian Defence Forces. It marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. This year will see the Anzac march led by men and women who have served in recent military action. Anzac Day is commemorated every year by The Dawn service, which is one of the revered Ceremonies. At the memorial service The Last Post is played over a bugle to signify the final post, the soldiers being honoured can hear the tune and know that all duties have been completed, so they may rest in peace. Throughout the day many towns host marches featuring veterans and members of the returned services. Memorial services give thanks and readings of well known poems such as “In the Flanders Fields” and “For the Fallen”. Red Poppies were the first flowers to bloom on the battlefields, which are placed on war memorials as a symbol of remembrance that out of sacrifice, new hope emerges. On Anzac Day we show support, honour and love for those who fought for our freedom.
How do you show your support on Anzac Day? Do you attend a dawn service?