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ANZAC DAY. A Black Day in Australian History.

Every year on April 25, ANZAC DAY, Australia honours its war dead.

ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. In 1917, the word ANZAC meant someone who fought at Gallipoli. Referring to tough attributes and team skills of Australian and New Zealand soldiers, the word ANZAC eventually came to represent any Australian or New Zealander who fought or served in the First World War.

Allied to Britain, France and Russia, black, white, yellow and brindle Australians volunteered to join the fight against the German, Austria-Hungry and Turkish invasion. Australia, with its meagre population of fewer than five million, attracted 20,000 men within just three months of the outbreak of WWI. All those Australians who enlisted to defend our country and the motherland (England) were volunteers.

In a war lasting just four years, 300,000 Australian men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

During the Second World War, ANZAC Day became a day on which the lives of all Australians lost in war time were remembered. The spirit of ANZAC recognises the qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice which were demonstrated at the Gallipoli landing.

Each ANZAC Day, hundreds of thousands of Australians attend parades and memorials across the nation to honour the servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our lasting freedom. That first black day of the Gallopoli landing is now immortalised as a public holiday.

The National Indigenous Times, in The Big Read: Unknown Soldiers , reflects that "every year, these same grateful Australians somehow manage to overlook the contribution of Indigenous people - the black men and women who fought and died for a country that didn't even recognise them as citizens."

On our day of remembrance, lest we forget and as you lay a wreath at the foot of the unknown soldier, please spare a thought for our Indigenous brothers and sisters: the original Aussie battlers who also fought for their country and the right for all of us to live a life free of harm.
Photo borrowed from the National Indigenous Times.

1 Response to "ANZAC DAY. A Black Day in Australian History."

Laurie Joyce said...

Hi Megan, my great great Grandmother Janet Sprake was an indigenouS Australian and many of her descendants also served in both World Wars. One of them, Alfred Lawrence Carroll won the Military Medal in World War 1.

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