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Ignite English- What does Anzac Day mean to me.

2/06/2016
Why is ANZAC such an important commemoration?
ANZAC Day is important because it’s about courage, freedom, sacrifice and remembering the soldiers that fought for us.  On April 25th, 1916, ‘ANZAC Day’ was officially declared and over the years, many traditions have formed. Since 1927, ANZAC Day has begun with a dawn service. People wear blood red poppies as a symbol of gratitude towards the brave soldiers that lost their lives. The Poppy symbolises this because on the ground, when the war was over and millions died, poppies burst out of the soil, the colour of blood. ANZAC Day parades are held, with ex-service men and women who march in uniform.  ANZAC Day is also commemorated in France, England and Gallipoli.
 
What does ANZAC Day mean to me?
When I hear the words ‘ANZAC ’, I think of freedom, I think of poppies, and the fallen soldiers who bravely volunteered to protect our country. At the dawn service in the community families quietly listen to the bugle playing the last post. On ANZAC day about 300,000 Australians set off to war, and about 60,000 men and women didn’t come home. It’s nice to think that all of those people fought, not just for them, but for us and our future. After the dawn ceremony ex-service men and women, their family, friends and relatives join each other for morning tea. They share their stories of their experience, and remember their mates who fought beside them and lost their lives.
 
Eumundi State School and the Memorial Trees
Eumundi students participate in ANZAC Day services that are held on Memorial Drive, in the township of Eumundi. Students, parents and teachers prepare beautiful wreaths to later display under the memorial trees or plaques during the service. The principal and school captains write their reflective speeches to acknowledge ex-service men and women, and present military people who are currently serving Australia. After World War I, 20 fig trees were planted along memorial drive to commemorate the 20 soldiers from Eumundi who died over seas. The plaques placed under the memorial trees represent the soldiers from Eumundi that now fill the WWI Avenue of honour on memorial drive.
Written by Ignite English student Elyssa Fraser