Friday, April 23, 2010

ANZAC day 2010

ANZAC day is on the 25th of April. It is the day that we remember all the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who died in Gallipoli during the First World War. All around Australia there will be remembrance services on Sunday and many schools will be having their own services today.

Our children were asked to bring some flowers from their gardens to school. They had a beautiful ceremony at 11am where they lined up and laid their flowers gently over a large chalk drawing of the letters ANZAC in their playground. It was really beautiful and very emotional, particularly when they played the bugle solo of the "Last Post" . This piece of music signaled the end of the soldiers working day and is played at army funerals to mark the fact that the soldier had reached the end of his earthly life. A real lump in the throat moment.

It felt good to see our kids continuing this tradition of respect and remembrance.

3 comments - click here to leave your comment:

  1. What a sweet way to remember the service of soldiers. I'll have to remember that when I have kids.

  2. All my life i have heard the Last Post and it always brings a tear to my eye. I cant wait for Sunday to honour all the people that have made my country today so wonderful and free.

  3. I wasn't aware of this holiday in Australia. This sounds a lot like Veterans Day and Memorial Day in the United States...a day we honor our veterans from all the wars. I'm so glad to see children honor and continue these traditions so they can learn and remember the sacrifices that gave them the freedom they enjoy today.