ANZAC Day (25 April) marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The soldiers in these forces quickly became known as ANZACs and the pride they took in the name endures to this day.
Today we recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance for all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions. We too remember the sacrifices of their families who supported them through such difficult times.
The Desert Mounted Corps and the rest of the first detachment of the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force became known as the ANZACS and left Albany in a convoy of ships in November 1914 to join World War I. This memorial is a copy returned to Australia from Egypt and erected on Mt Clarence, overlooking King George Sound.
As dawn rose over Albany on 1 November 1914, thirty eight ships of the fleet with thirty thousand troops and 7500 horses were aboard, waiting to sail into history, through the islands and on to an ‘adventure’ on the other side of the world. This would be their last view of Australia, and the final view for those who did not return.
We will remember them:
Second Boer War | World War I | World War II | Korean War | Malayan Emergency | Indonesian Confrontation | Vietnam War | War in Somalia | East Timor | Solomon Islands | War in Afghanistan | Iraq War |
Some fellow bloggers have also posted ANZAC tributes: