Werriwa Matters with Anne Stanley: Lest we forget - Anzac Day 2020

Anne Stanley. Picture: Simon Bennett
Anne Stanley. Picture: Simon Bennett

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915 during the First World War.

Thousands of us will gather at memorials in cities, suburbs and towns across Australia on 25 April to commemorate one of the most significant events in our national calendar.

It was during the First World War that the ANZAC spirit was created. It was born out of courage, humour, endurance, and mateship in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front.

It is this spirit that continues to be celebrated by Australians more than a century after the first ANZACs arrived on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Anzac Day has a broader significance than just the Gallipoli Campaign as it has become a day on which we give thanks to all of those who have served in Australia's armed forces, whether during World War One or during other past conflicts.

Following the cancellation of services last year due to the coronavirus, traditional ANZAC Day commemorations and marches will be returning to many cities and towns across Australia and New Zealand. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the first ANZAC Day commemoration in Liverpool.

We remain eternally grateful for the sacrifices that previous generations have made for the peace, freedom, and independence that we enjoy today.

Lest We Forget.