Sunday, April 25, 2010
Lest We forget.
Today is ANZAC day which is a public holiday on 25the April every year. It is also the 95th anniversary of Gallipoli campaign where it all started, in which many Australians and New Zealanders paid their highest sacrifice to their countries. It is the day of the year, nearly every town or suburb honour the bravery and sacrifice of the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and of all those who served their country. Since the first dawn service on an ANZAC Day in 1923 and first official dawn service was held at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927, each year the commemorations follow a pattern that is familiar to each generation of Australians. A typical ANZAC Day service contains the following features: introduction, hymn, prayer, an address, lying of wreaths, recitation, but nothing is more touching than the bugler sounding the "The last post" during the ceremony, which symbolises that the duty of the dead is over and that they can rest in peace. Although I have not been bequeathed with such intangible historical legacy, I can only relate to the "Two-up" which is a coin game, similar to "tow-boey or head and tail" I played as a child in which coins are thrown in the air and bets are laid on whether they fall heads or tails. Even it is actually gambling, a permit is not required for today.This coin game is allowed to be played legally in public only on special days, such as ANZAC Day public holiday,Anzac Day (25 April in any year)
Victory in the Pacific Day (15 August in any year), and
Remembrance Day (11 November in any year but only after noon).
since it's actually gambling.