Anzac Day 2015

Tomorrow is Anzac Day.

Yesterday, in Anzac Square, Brisbane, up to 4000 students from primary schools and secondary schools around south-east Queensland attended the Anzac Commemoration Ceremony for Students.

Elizabeth was lucky enough to be one of the 25 children chosen to represent her school and Mrs Bob volunteered to go along as one of the nine adults accompanying the students on their journey into the city.

Transport was provided free of charge for all children and adults attending the ceremony courtesy of Queensland Rail services.

Elizabeth and her fellow students sat somewhere towards the back…

CrowdYou can read more about the ceremony over at

What is Anzac Day?

I have explained Anzac Day before, back in 2009, in a post very coincidentally called Tomorrow is Anzac Day.

But some schoolkids, yes, school kids, have made this remarkable video about Anzac Day. It’s nearly 8 minutes long so if you don’t think you have enough time to watch it, do remember that the Anzacs fought for 8 long months so that we can enjoy the freedom that we have today.

It all started exactly 100 years ago, April 25th, 4:30 AM. See if you can watch this film from beginning to end without wiping a tear from your eye…

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  • djmcbell April 29, 2015, 5:15 pm |

    When I lived with my parents in the UK, we lived in a small seaside town. Every year they had a big procession through the town (I think it was to commemorate the town’s founders or something) with lots of kids in costumes, floats and so on. But the town made a really big effort, with lots of bunting going out, people holding street parties and so on. It was an event that basically brought all the communities out. We’d have the procession in the morning (more often than not I’d be on one of the floats, along with the majority of neighbourhood kids), at lunch go to a family friend’s house for a big BBQ and then late afternoon / evening there was a street party.

    Now, living in a big city in the UK, I miss this. It seems we don’t have a community spirit any more. St George’s Day passed by with barely an acknowledgement. The Queen’s Jubilee – she gave us a day off, but I noticed no celebrations at all outside the procession on London.

    I went to America a couple of years back, and it just so happened that we were in Philadelphia on July 4th. The celebrations, street parties, community events were great! And everywhere! And if news reports were to be believed, just about every town in the country was getting in on the act! We had a free concert one day, followed by a street party in the local China town the next (this was on the run-up to July 4th), a big firework display in the evening, happened across all sorts of stalls (some quite educational about slavery) in a local park, and another big free concert with fireworks on the actual day! Oh, and all-you-can-eat ice cream too.

    Whilst Anzac Day is probably not something to be celebrated in the same manner, I’d still look forward to the various events being celebrated. Unfortunately I just missed Australia Day when we were over a few months ago, but last time we did see some sort of procession through the local city in November.

    • BobinOz April 30, 2015, 5:11 pm |

      That is something which I feel is noticeably different here in Australia, the communal spirit. Community events, street parties, we have lots of those. And of course, as you mentioned, Australia Day is a big celebration.

      As you have rightly said, Anzac Day is a quiet one, but we have plenty of other events to bring communities together. On top of that, it seems that every single nation that has people living here have their own day as well, so we would have Greek celebrations, Chinese celebrations, Indian celebrations, I could go on and on.

      All are good fun.

      • djmcbell April 30, 2015, 6:01 pm |

        Yeah, when we were there we went to St Kilda (as roller coaster fans we HAD to make a trip to go on the one there, I think it’s the oldest continuously operating in the world – rickety but fun) and saw that there was a big festival on, with lots of bands playing for free, stalls and things to do. It was great fun, if only the weather on the day had been better.

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