Military Memorial Garden Dedication and Anzac Commemoration Service
By George Inggs
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federated nation for only 13 years, and it’s government was eager to establish a reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany. The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy. What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future.
To commemorate ANZAC Day 2017, Traditional Funerals and Moreton Bay Memorial Park will be hosting an Anzac Day Service. Members of the community are invited to attend the event to commemorate the opening and dedication of the Military Service Memorial Garden and more importantly , it will be a time of reflection in recognition of sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces past and present.
The service will take place on Friday 21st April 2017 at 9am, in the grounds of Traditional Funerals and Moreton Bay Memorial Park, 636 Morayfield Road, Burpengary. Following the service light refreshments will be served.
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