My experience with Anzac Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) started during my days as a Scout when I would take part in the march down the main street of town holding the Australian Flag high and proud. Every year since on the 25th of April I’ve stopped for a minute’s silence to show respect and to remember the Australian soldiers that gave their life in the First World War and all wars since.
To those who don’t know about Anzac Day let me borrow this from the Australian War Memorial site:
Anzac Day 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
And also this from Wikipedia:
Though the Gallipoli campaign failed to achieve its military objectives of capturing Constantinople and knocking the Ottoman Empire out of the war, the actions of the Australian and New Zealander troops during the campaign bequeathed an intangible but powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as an “Anzac legend” became an important part of the national identity in both countries. This has shaped the way their citizens have viewed both their past and their understanding of the present.
So highly regarded is this day among the Australian public that to attend a remembrance service at the site where our diggers (soldiers) landed has become somewhat of a holy grail trip for many young (and old) when travelling to Europe. To stand at Gallipoli where our troops landed way back on the 25th of April 1915 and lost so many lives is considered in my book the greatest way to pay my respects to them.
Why am I telling you all this then? Well I’m deeply honoured to be able to attend the Anzac Day Remembrance Service this year with good mate (and fellow aussie) Justin from 48houradventure.com.
We’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at Hostel Bookers where we are going to check out #bunk Hostel for 5 nights in Istanbul. While Intrepid Travel have provided a two-day tour to and from Gallipoli where we will visit Lone Pine, Anzac Cove and attend the Dawn Service.
Out of all the amazing things I’ve seen and will continue to see in the future on my travels this event will be a major milestone in my travel journey. If you’ve attended an Anzac Service at Gallipoli or have your own major travel milestones I’d love to hear your thoughts about them or see what you took away from it afterwards.
To read all about how the trip went and what experiencing the dawn service was like you can read my post here on Anzac Day at Gallipoli.
Photo Credit: aussiegall