Anzac Day 2011

It’s an interesting juxtaposition this year, Easter and Anzac Day.  Two holidays remembering and celebrating sacrifice, the establishment of a cultural identity.  Two occasions on which there is some angst about whether “the youth of today” really know the origins and importance of the day off school or work.

Pearl and I went to church yesterday to celebrate Easter, and I took the children to an Anzac service this afternoon, to remember the fallen.  The younger two fidgeted and talked during the service, but were captivated by the breaking of the flags and the playing of The Last Post and Reveille.  I hope that this annual ritual will become meaningful to them as they grow up.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Anzac Ode, from “For the Fallen” by Laurence Binyon, 1914

© UpsideBackwards 2011.

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One Response to “Anzac Day 2011”

  1. whatsaysyou Says:

    ANZAC Day is not just about remembering the fallen but also to teach our children about courage and also the devastation of war that happened in the past where Australian and New Zealand soldiers have been sent overseas to fight and protect. ANZAC Day is also a day for us to be grateful that Australia and New Zealand are war-free countries which many people nowadays take for granted.

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