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Honouring Anzac Day
As 25 April rolls around every year, Aussies and Kiwis come together to honour the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought valiantly at Gallipoli during World War I. The mateship that developed between men from the two countries is important to teach to our children. This special day also pays tribute to all the men and women who served and died in all the military operations since then. Sadly, far too many.
Dawn Services around Australia
Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Local Returned Services Leagues (RSL)
Never Forget uses the traditional poppy to emphasise the message.
Share a smile and say hello with our free Greeting Cards today.
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ANZAC – What's in a name?
Sebastiana emailed us asking why we call our cards "Lest We Forget."
"Lest we forget" is a phrase from the poem Recessional by Rudyard Kipling. It means you should always remember the past or you will repeat the mistakes. In other words, honour the men and women who died to give you a future free from tyranny. Forget and you may one day lose that freedom.
Update of an earlier blog .. It seems the Australian government has decided that our Anzac Day cards violated their regulations.
This week in our Forum, we salute our ANZACs and military service personal.
We have two "must see" videos for you along with some interesting articles. The videos are at the bottom of these pages.
I invite you to watch and you'll feel as proud as I do. Please share them too.
Australian Birthday Today
Learn about General Henry Chauvel and the Australian Light Horse who fought at Gallipoli in World War I.
Till next time ... Max
What regulations you say? Regulations to protect the word 'Anzac' and any word resembling it, from inappropriate use, were made originally in the War Precautions Act in 1914.
I thought our Anzac cards were tastefully done and designed to honour the special men and women who serve and protect our country. Unfortunately The Hon Bruce Billson, MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs (ed. at that time) didn't see it that way and declined to give us permission to have the cards. So I have removed the word 'Anzac' and the cards are listed as "Lest We Forget cards".
Actually we are in favour of the regulation. Besides the historical importance, the ANZACs hold a special place in our country's cultural identity. So it is important to protect, even if the ruling went against us.
Does this mean you can't use the word Anzac for anything? You may have noticed streets and highways called Anzac. That's permitted. How about Anzac biscuits? Yes, but only if you use the traditional recipe and shape. Sorry Yanks, but calling it "Anzac Cookies" is prohibited.
As far back as 1915 people tried to make money out of using the name. Walker and his 'famous dog Anzac' ran the Anzac Golliwog Company which performed in theatres around Australia. After being interviewed by the local police, he left the state and presumable stopped using the name.
Some people asked to use the name Anzac for a child's name (approved) while others wanted to name their homes Anzac (refused). Queensland Kops Brewery wanted to make beer labels called Anzac Toast (refused). So ask permission first.
Our Australian Soldiers
I found the poem several readers have asked about. Nancy Bowman wrote it when she was 10 years old.
On the 25th of April far across the sea,
It was published in The School Paper in 1918. Read the whole poem Our Australian Soldiers and another version often confused with it.
The 1918 Victorian issue of The School Paper cost 1d (1 penny). By the way, for those not familiar with Australian/British money, we say 'pence' when we're talking about more than 1 penny. So you say 3 pence, not 3 pennies (the way the Yanks say it).
We have quite a few resources on our website.
In Australian Songs 8 wartime songs
ANZAC – A National Heirloom
The government has a great website showing you some of the applications to use the word 'ANZAC'. Even before the evacuation of Gallipoli, the word was being used in a variety of ways. It's well worth a look.