Burleigh Heads Beach, Queensland, Australia

Sunday, April 25, 2010


ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) is the name given to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers, who landed at dawn, 25 April 1915, on the beach at Gallipoli, Turkey during World War 1.
ANZAC Day now honours all service given by all members of the defence forces and their civilian colleagues. Australians have seen service in many places: Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
The days commemoration starts with a solemn dawn service followed by a street march and ends with socialisation.
Today we attended our local suburban commemoration at Springwood Park Cenotaph in Logan City.

The "Stand To" ceremony.

Local dignitaries and church leaders give their thanks to the ANZACs

Some of the local crowd seek the shade in the park on this return to summer day.

Many citizens and groups lay wreaths.

Others remember.

Members of the 9th Royal Queensland Regiment share a proud moment with an old "digger", an Australian slang term referring originally to an old World War 1 soldier but now refers to the Australian army. He is holding what could be the regiments crocodile mascot with three stripes.
They shall grow not 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 will remember them.

Could be a proud daughter with her Dad.
When an old Digger dies his close relatives can wear his medals on ANZAC Day. Notice that she is also wearing a sprig of Rosemary and a red poppy, both symbols of remembrance.

I caught this old soldier in my lens and then realised he was intent on doing something. After a while I realised he had sprigs of rosemary in his pocket and he was....
planting them one by one in the park garden. I bet they were for the comrades he had lost.

This old soldier was probably on his way to the local club to socialise with old friends who share a special bond. Many drinks will be had and maybe the odd game of "Two Up" played. A famous Australian gambling game played with two pennies. It was played a lot by soldiers during the wars. It is the only day of the year that it is legal to play it. 


  1. Marvellous photos ... it's such a moving experience no matter where it's held - attending the dawn service!

  2. A lovely series of photos ... I particularly like the one looking through the palm frond to the crowd.

    I got a headache and sore throat overnight so settled down to watching the march on TV rather than going up to local service ... just isn't the same.

  3. lovely photos. great to see the old diggers and remember those who died defending their countries. RIP

  4. EVEN though the Anzacs never took the highest points on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 the place still holds a special place in the hearts of Australians and New Zealanders.
    We were lucky enough to be there on Remembrance Day, November 11th, a couple of years back.
    We stood at Anzac Cove at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, as a member of our little group read out a special speech.
    Later on we wandered around the grave sites very close to the beach and travelled further up the scrubby hills to the trenches which were separated just by the width of the modern road.
    In the special Gallipoli museum (the Turks call the place Gelibolu) we saw actual ammunition rounds which had collided in mid-air. That's how close the trenches were in the upper areas off the beach.
    The Turks led by Mustapha Kemal, later President Kemal Ataturk (the Father of the Turks), never ever conceded the high ground. They lost 86,000 in the eight-month long campaign and goodness knows how many injured.
    It's a very moving experience to be there. The New Zealanders have a special memorial and also a crack Turkish regiment has a dedicated cemetery close by.


  5. I have to admit that when I hear or read the word "war" I change the channel or the book or the magazine, so much I have heard about that when I was young. In Belgium when it comes to military parades or something, only the very old once are interested and not very much either. Our national day had to change the parade and show mostly medical stuff and help nobody wants to see too many soldiers ! In Germany there is never a military parade, they had enough from the past, lol !
    This lady should go to the dentist ! she looks awful with her front hole !

  6. This is a very moving post Diane, always get a little choked up when I see the old 'diggers' and loved that one with the gentleman standing with the young soldiers. All your photos were marvelous, thanks for sharing them.

  7. Very moving photos Diane. Always plenty of tears to be shed on Anzac Day♥

  8. Your photos tell the story of this special day very well. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Wonderful remembrance and my favorite photos are the first gentleman and the wife (?) of the lost soldier with his medals and the rosemary - thanks for sharing this 0 it's really lovely :-)

  10. Oh what a wonderful tribute to those who served, Diane. You took some great pictures... I think none of us appreciate our soldiers as much as we should. Many of them gave their lives for us and for our countries...

    Great post...

  11. Wonderful photos of the Anzac Day, when we are drivign with MIL she use told me the history about Anzac war. Nice to have a knowledge about history. Thanks for sharing.

  12. We have a leader of our country now who will not visit these important sites. It is really sad, for with out them he would not be where he is today.

    Thank you for this amazing post.


  13. Wonderful post, Diane! Very often the young don't realize what the old went through to defend their freedom. It is very well indeed that days like this honor the sacrafice of those brave men and women.