BY GAVAN CONWAY — Today, Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing of the British Imperial forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The military forces on that day were mostly comprised of Australian and New Zealand soldiers, now known as Anzacs, and the landing site is now named Anzac Cove.
On April 25, 1915, alone, 754 Australians and 147 New Zealanders were killed and an estimated 2,000 were injured. By the time our troops were eventually withdrawn, 8,708 Australians and 2,721 New Zealanders were dead.
While the Gallipoli campaign was unsuccessful as a military engagement, the spirit that developed amongst the troops, the notion of Mateship, was born on the battlefields and became the way we see ourselves and what it means to be an Aussie.
Aussie Mateship is about:
- Helping each other out, particularly in times of adversity.
- Being True Blue (loyal and dependable).
- Welcoming old friends and new friends.
- Treating people with respect.
So, on Saturday April 25, 2015, we will remember the contribution of the Anzacs with Dawn Services at 4:30 a.m., the time of the landing; parades of veterans from all wars; games of Two Up (a gambling game played by Anzacs) and football games; or just a quiet reflection and day of remembrance.