A Photo Every Day from the Sunshine Coast - Australia

Friday, 24 April 2009

ANZAC Day Skywatch

ANZAC Day, tomorrow, is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day.

Australians and New Zealanders recognise 25 April as an occasion of national commemoration. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – 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 we reflect on the many different meanings of war.

More information may be found at the Australian War Memorial website here.

This photograph was taken almost a year ago, outside the Maleny RSL - The Returned Servicemen's League.

The vibrant sky and the blazing red of the hibiscus in flower needs little further comment.

Don't forget, there links to lots more Skywatch images from around the world on the Skywatch Portal!


Sunshine Coast Daily Photo - Australia


Mary Elizabeth said...

Important day. Thanks for the link for more info. Beautiful sky so blue.
Thanks for sharing
Mary Elizabeth @ Now and Then

J Bar said...

That's great. I'm featuring an Anzac Day theme today too.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Erin said...

wonderful post...and thanks for the link through to further info.
have a great weekend.

Lois said...

It's beautiful! I did not know about ANZAC Day. Thanks!

MmeBenaut said...

I was up before dawn but I'm not going to any service. ANZAC Day is so important for our nation's history. Great post, Peter.

Greg Dimitriadis said...

Glorious blue sky!

Babooshka said...

Powerful words and image to match. There is a ship in the harbour here that is called Anzac and I have often wandered about the history.

M.Benaut said...

I have very much appreciated, (rather than enjoyed), your excellent post about ANZAC Day and the meaning of the solemn tradition we carry on.

I have found that even in France, not too many know of the close links that our two countries have forged following the brutality and the slaughter of those dreadful conflicts.

I would be honoured to invite you to my ANZAC post if you wish.

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