Every year on the 25th of April, the nation pauses to remember all those who have fought to protect our freedom since the first Australian and New Zealand forces stepped onto the shores of Gallipoli on this date in 1915.
On this sacred day, we pay our respects to the brave ANZACs and everyday heroes who contributed to war efforts throughout our history. Thanks to them, we are able to live in a safe and free country. We will never forget their brave sacrifice.
A COVID-safe national service will be held at the Australian War Memorial and broadcast nationally on the ABC, with all Australians encouraged to tune in and watch on the day. For more information about the Australian War Memorial’s Dawn Service, National Ceremony and how to watch the ABC broadcast, click here.
4:15 Dawn Service
Richard Russell Memorial Park, Manly
‘The ANZAC on the Wall’ by Jim Brown:
I wandered thru a country town ‘cos I had time to spare,
And went into an antique shop to see what was in there.
Old bikes and pumps and kero lamps, but hidden by it all,
A photo of a soldier boy – an ANZAC on the Wall.
“The ANZAC have a name?” I asked. The old man answered “No”.
The ones who could have told me mate, have passed on long ago.
The old man kept on talking and according to his tale,
The photo was unwanted junk bought from a clearance sale.
“I asked around,” the old man said, “but no one knows his face,
He’s been on that wall twenty years, deserves a better place.
For someone must have loved him so, it seems a shame somehow.”
I nodded in agreement and then said, “I’ll take him now.”