03 May 2008

ANZAC Day With the Stanleys











Hi Elf and Emperor!

Well, the Stanley’s have now lived through a dose of the flu, as well as a mild case of the Chicken Pox! (We all had the flu, and Annie had the Chicken Pox – despite being immunised!!)

Over the last week or so the Stanleys have been busy resting, although they did have a couple of special outings. April 25th in Australia is Anzac Day. Here is a brief explanation of what Anzac Day is, and why it is important to Australians: Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national commemoration. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing at Gallipoli – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are held at war memorials around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war. So on Anzac Day, the Stanleys visited our local war memorial, where they saw the wreath that Jack’s class at school had made, as well as the many other flowers and wreaths that had been left by other people. They also got to have a good look at the memorial whilst we explained to them what Anzac Day was all about.

http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.asp

They were really pleased to have been in Australia to help commemorate such as important day!
Love,
Jack and Annie

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this custom with us. Too often we don't study these important events of history, remembering the REAL people and their REAL sacrifices so that we may live in relative peace.

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  2. We were really glad the Stanley's could share this with us.

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