Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ANZAC Day

At Washington National Cathedral, members of the Australian and New Zealand diplomatic and military communities remember the horrific losses at the Gallipoli Peninsula of 25 April 1915.  This is essentially their Veteran's Day.  The Dardanelles campaign was fought by the allies against the Turks along with men from the Australian and new Zealand Army Corps hence the name ANZAC.
The losses among the Allies were staggering:  44,092 killed, 96,937 wounded; among the Turks: 86,692 killed and 164,617 wounded.
From the order of service:
They shall grow old, as we that are left to 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.
 Lawrence Binyon                                       
[All respond:]  We will remember them.
Lest we forget, Lest we forget.

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