Today is ANZAC Day in New Zealand, a day in which the forces from New Zealand and Australia who fought and died as part of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) in the first world war are remembered.

On this day in 1915, the ANZAC troops landed in Gallipol iin Turkey. Their objective was to capture Constantinople (Istanbul), which was an ally of Germany during the war. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli on 25 April and met great resistance from the Ottoman Army. Allied casualties included 21,255 from the UK, an estimated 10,000 dead soldiers from France, 8,709 from Australia, 2,721 from New Zealand, and 1,358 from India. This is definitely a Kiwi and Australian day, a day when these nations stand together in pride and remembrance of the fallen.

We don’t have a service nearby, so instead I wrote this post and took a picture of the sunrise by means of remembrance and thank you. I also took the time to remember my grandparents who fought in the Burma campaign in World War 2.

Let’s not forget those who fell to save us in the great wars, and more recently.


Please do comment below if there is anything you wish to add, thank you.

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p.s. – I just looked on Facebook and realised there is a service in the village, and looking at the photo a lot of people turned out to remember.