Friday, 24 April 2015

Anzac Day: Centenary of Anzac Celebrations

In most ceremonies of remembrance there is a reading of an appropriate poem. One traditional recitation on Anzac Day is the Ode.
The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914. The verse, which became the League Ode, was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.
"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."
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Lee Kernaghan’s ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’ charity single featuring Guy Sebastian, Sheppard, Jon Stevens, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll and Megan Washington:-


  1. It's a day celebration -yeah??? Love war. Can't get enough of it

    1. You don't understand the meaning of the word; CELEBRATE.

      Full Definition of CELEBRATE

      transitive verb
      1: to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites
      2a : to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business
      b : to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine

  2. The glorification and sanitation of past wars to promote future wars. This is celebrated by the right

  3. What a sad, deluded position.

  4. Geoff what would you say to these boys if you could go back in time knowing what happened??


  5. As a grand-daughter and daughter of Aussie diggers our family has never used the word "celebrate" in relation to Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. The word "commemorate" is the word that best fits with the solemnity of these two very important days where we remember those who were/are prepared to give their lives to uphold the freedoms so many seem to take for granted.

    1. Thanks to your family for their service to our country. There is a new book out that talks of commemoration vs celebration.

      The Australian War memorial uses commemorate:
      "In 1916 the first Anzac Day commemorations were held on 25 April. "
      "During the 1920s Anzac Day became established as a national day of commemoration"
      "Commemorative services are held across the nation at dawn..."

      Of interest is the Oxford Dictionary's definition of Commemorate:
      "Mark or celebrate (an event or person) by doing or producing something:
      the victory was commemorated in songs"


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