'The Spirit Lives' - ANZAC Day is marked throughout the country each year on April 25, regardless of the day on which it falls. It is a solemn day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915. It is also a day of remembrance for all soldiers who died while fighting for their country.
On 25 April 1915, the combined Australian and New Zealand Army Corps joined the Allied Forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula for a catastrophic battle that lasted until January 1916. Of the more than 130,000 casualties during the Gallipoli Campaign, 8,709 were Australian and 2,721 were New Zealanders. Over 25,000 returned as wounded to the two countries.
The recognised motto of ANZAC Day's commemorations is 'Lest We Forget'. It's phrase is taken from the fourth and middle verse of Laurence Binyon's poem called 'For the Fallen', which was penned in England in 1914 The phrase is traditionally uttered after the reading of the Ode of Remembrance, at ANZAC Day and other remembrance ceremonies.
They shall not grow 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 morning,
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget
Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War. The Anzac Centenary Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved and provides a unique opportunity for all Australians, to reflect upon and learn more about Australia's military history, its costs and its impacts on our nation.
The Gunnedah Shire has its own rich history of service and sacrifice, and throughout the Anzac Centenary, locals will remember not only the original Anzacs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate and pay homage to the contribution of its own servicemen and women, with a program of special events and activities.