ANZAC spirit – it’s hard to define. When an Aussie or Kiwi attempts to explain the meaning of the ANZAC legend to any Brit, it is met with bewilderment. ‘You mean you celebrate the fact that your troops were slaughtered in a battle in WW1? But….Why?!’
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand which honours the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
People who are not from Australia or New Zealand fail to appreciate that the ANZAC celebrations embody exactly who we are as Australians and Kiwis. And it is ever more pleasing to note that 1000s of young Antipodeans continue to remember and commemorate this tradition, nearly 100 years after the bloody battles of ANZAC Cove. Schools around London will notice a notable absence of young Australian and New Zealand teachers next week, as many make the pilgrimage to Turkey to participate in the Dawn Service in Gallipoli.
Many consider this to be the most memorable of their travel expeditions during their time in Europe, experiencing a commemoration that is incredibly moving and poignant. For those that have not had the opportunity or finances to do so, I recommend you include this in your itinerary, whether for April 25th or during any time of the year. You will not regret it….
Have a look at what is going on in London to celebrate ANZAC day here