In Australia today - it is the 25th April - one of the most important public holidays of the calendar.
Today is ANZAC day - Australia and New Zealand Army Corp
It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in some 25,000 Australian casualties, including 8,700 who were killed or died of wounds or disease.
The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word ‘Anzac’ to their vocabulary and creating the notion of the Anzac spirit.
Apart from its financial and industrial contribution, Australia provided the greatest military contribution of all the British dominions : 331,000 volunteers (out of a population of 4,875,000) -but she also suffered the greatest loses, 64.8 per cent, or 58,500 men, including 16,000 dead.
Paradoxically, however, it was Australia's participation in the World War 1 and her own terrible losses which became a contributing factor in the birth of this new nation.
Today Australians and other nations like New Zealand, England and Canada are asked to "Raise Your Glass" - in memory of not only those that were lost on that one day - but in all conflicts and more importantly - those still doing that job and keeping our country free every day.
In every major city and all small outback towns of Australia today - no matter how big or small - this scene will be carried out -
ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans.
Today the Last Post will play again - and these words will be said by all:They shall grow not old,As we that are left grow old,Age shall not weary them,Nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun,And in the morningWe will remember them
Lest we Forget