ANZAC DAY • Anzac is an acronym for Australia and New Zealand Army Corp’s. • Anzac Day is celebrated on the 25th of April. • This day is special because it is the same day that the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp’s landed at Gallipoli in 1915.
Dawn Service • The Dawn Service is a major part of the tradition of ANZAC Day and goes back to the military practice of 'standing to' at dawn. Each dawn and dusk, the most favourable times for attack, soldiers were called to 'stand to' and manned their posts in full kit, ready to fight enemy attacks or launch their own.
Dawn Service • The Dawn Service is an important event for me because both of my Great Grand-Fathers fought in the Second World War. My Great Grand-Father on my Grans’ side of the family died at the Battle of El Alamien. My other Great Grand-Father lived and also went to battle in the Korean War, he was a Squadron Leader in the Australian Air Force.
Dawn ServiceWhen and Where? • The Dawn Service commences on the Shrine Forecourt at 6am on the 25th of April each year.
Dawn ServiceWhat Happens • Get out of bed very early in the morning. • Put on some warm clothes. • Dad makes us hot chocolate. • We drive to the Shrine of Remembrance. • We stand and listen to the war story’s • We watch the service • We hear the guns go “Bang”. • Then we wait for the sun to rise.
Dawn Service What Happens • The soldiers wear their military clothes • People wear their medals on their chests. • The people do this because this is a day to remember the relatives and friends that have fought for our country. • The bugler, plays ‘The Last Post’ • It is very quiet during the ceremony. • It is traditional to wear a sprig of Rosemary.
Dawn ServiceInformation and websites • www.shrine.org.au/Home • My Dad