My youngest son William (as College Captain – St. Aloysius College) had the honour of laying a wreath at the Kingston ANZAC Day Ceremony 25 April, 2014.
Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 during WW1, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. Australians & New Zealanders recognise 25 April (ANZAC Day) as an occasion of national remembrance, which takes two forms.
Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation.
Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, Anzac Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.