On April 25 Australians observe Anzac Day, a day of remembrance for the soldiers who served and died in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs). It marks the day when the forces landed in Gallipoli during WWI, a significant event (as well as the 8 months of heavy fighting which followed) in the conscience of the nation. All over the country dawn services, breakfasts and parades mark the day. We gathered with our neighbors for a short service followed by community breakfast.

The morning service at the Lutheran Seminary, where we live; a time of reflection and remembrance.

It is common as well to hear a verse from Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem, “For the Fallen”:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left shall 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.

It is also common for someone to play The Last Post, either recorded or live. Take a minute to listen to this somber tribute:  The Last Post

The traditional Australian shotgun breakfast following the dawn service.