ANZAC Day – A Time to Remember
Although some Australians view Anzac Day as only a public holiday, we at Chatswood bowls wanted to remind everyone that the 25th of April is a time of remembrance.
This blog post is dedicated to paying our respects to the men and women who have served or died in war. We hope that by you reading this article you reminded why we celebrate this day in honour of our fallen soldiers.
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. It was officially named ANZAC day in 1916 and marks the anniversary of the first major military action.
Below is John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Fields’; even though this day in 1916 occurred long before a lot of us were born, it is still a large part of Australian history. Let us reflect on the sacrifices of our soldiers and place the importance on this day that it truly deserves.
In Flanders fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McCrae (1872–1918)
How can we recognise this day of national remembrance?
Commemorative services are held across the nation at dawn – the time of the original landing. Later in the day, former servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches through the country’s major cities and in many smaller centres.
At Chatswood, you can attend this commemorative service and give time for remembrance.
Start Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Start Time: 5:00 am
End Time: 6:00 am
Address: Garden of Remembrance, Albert Ave, Chatswood