ANZAC Day Commemoration

Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day Commemoration

Thursday, April 25th, 10am

Treloar Crescent

Campbell, ACT

Come down to the Australian War Memorial to commemorate the sacrifices made by the diggers in World War I. There is lots to read, see and hear. There will be a ANZAC Parade. Families of soldiers in World War I will speak. The Ode will be read and the Last Post will be played.

Causes of World War I

The trigger of World War 1 was the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Archduke Franz Ferdinand on the 28th of June 1914. A 19 year old Bosnian Serb had murdered him and his wife. Austria declared were on Serbia that day. Many countries of Europe were at war 5 weeks later. Imperialism and nationalism had caused international tensions and conflicts long before 1914. Nations feared and were suspicious of rivals and were driven to seek security through alliances with other nations.
The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

Australian involvement in the War

As soon as Britain declared war on Germany on the 4th of August 1914 Australia was immediately at war being apart of the British Empire. Heaps and heaps of people enlisted because they saw war as an escape of unemployment, to travel and to seek adventure. The AIF (Australian Imperial Force) was a volunteer army and by September 1914 there were 20 000 soldiers. Not long after Australian was joined by 10 000 New Zealand troops and joined forces and become the ANZAC'S (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).

Significant battles of World War I for Australian troops

Gallipoli - 1915

Australia aimed to capture the Dardanelles because it was a direct path to get resources to Russian troops who were fighting Germany on the Eastern Front

Western front (Northern France and Belgium) - 1916 - 18

The Middle East - 1916 - 18

The Australian flying corps, the Australia Light Horse and Australians in the Camel Corps fought against Turkish forces in Egypt and Palestine

War at sea (Atlantic and Indian oceans and the Mediterranean and the North Sea)

Landing at V Beach, Gallipoli

The impact of the War on Australia

There was a huge impact on Australia. Family life suffered as men of of the families were being killed in war. Conscription was a huge impact on Australia. There was no Labor party for 13 years because the debate of for and against conscription. In short words Australia was divided. Many referendums were held by Billy Hughes the Prime minister of Australia at the time who was for conscription. The supporters of war and the non supporters of war. The supporters of war helped out and held Patriotic rallies and funds which raised money to help out with the war effort and the troops fighting overseas. The non supporters were always debating and fighting for innocent Australian men fighting in the great war to come home and stop wasting their valuable time. The war ended Australia's isolation to the rest of the world. Planes and radars brought Australia closer to the war.

ANZAC Day Significance

ANZAC day is THE most important day in Australia each year. It commemorates the sacrificed lives of men and and women to shape the country we live in today. We show our national pride on this day and that we are truly grateful for the sacrifices made.

The Ode

'they shall not grow old,

As we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them,

Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning,

We shall remember them'