Australian New Zealand Army Corps
It's ANZAC Day today http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day It's also the 100th Anniversary. So I couldn't let it pass with me doing nothing for it. Due to a back injury this is the first ANZAC Day I have missed in many years and I wanted to do something so I thought the least I could do is take some time out of my day to tell you what it means to me. Of course there's always the fine line between glorifying and honouring so for the record I am anti war..... war is baad mmmk.
So in saying that I have always had a soft spot for the ANZAC's of WWI. They didn't know what they were getting into. They were believing the hype, go see the world, shoot at bad guys from safe positions like the movies, get a uniform impress the girls. Most were quite young , the youngest killed was 14 years old! Many lied about there age to get in, evidence that they didn't know exactly what they were signing up for. The Gallipoli campaign, in brief, was a no win situation for the ANZAC soldiers. It was not what the Top Brass (The ruling British) was expecting. They were out numbered out gunned and out positioned but they fought valiantly hence THE ANZAC SPIRIT was born. There were reports of soldiers leaving farewell notes on their rifle bayonets and running to their death things were so bleak in some spots. Letters home of the horror they had willing signed up for wishing they were home with their loved ones. It was a long bloody campaign lasting months with heavy casualties on both sides. The Turkish suffered too. I won't give you a flawed history lesson here you can check it all out on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_at_Anzac_Cove
What ANZAC Day means to me...... Getting up for Dawn service. Having a rum and milk with an ex serviceman. Make sure I buy another one a beer and say thankyou. Connecting with my New Zealand brothers and sisters. Even not on ANZAC Day I've had many a druken chat with a Kiwi out in a bar and it doesn't take long before the ANZAC spirit is brought up. Forget the politics of it what these guys went through was horrific. I've heard the stories. I like to thank them for their intentions were honourable and allow me to continue to live an Aussie way of life.
So please be sure to raise your glass for the diggers of ANZAC.
CHEERS BOYS! (and girls)
LEST WE FORGET
By @jasingee 25/4/2015