ANZAC DAY - 25th APRIL - is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the 1st major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during WW1. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day. Why is the day special to Australians? When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 14 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian & New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsular to open the way to the Black Sea for the allied navies. The plan was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany. They landed at on the 25th April, meeting fierce resistance from the Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for 8 months. At the the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing at Galipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home and 25th April quickly became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in war. GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND (by David Richey-Lowe, (age 14) Galston High School A boy rode his horse on a small country property Up and down the field the pair would ride as if one Pretending to charge an enemy in glorious battle Little did he know he would say 'Goodbye, old friend' in years to come A young soldier rode his horse under the unmerciful desert sun His comrades and their horses being slaughtered one by one - under fire they rode on Charging the enemy in a bloody and horrendous battle, the young soldier stabs with his bayonet His horse, moving graciously under him, kicking and biting enemies Little did he know he would say 'Goodbye, old friend' in those coming months A veteran rode his horse across the land with a heavy heart The war is over, the battle is won, but peace is still far The horses were being sold off to the Arabs - the pair could not return The veteran thinks to himself "I will not let my best friend be left to such a fate" He dismounts. Giving his friend a soggy date, the sobbing hero hugs his horse Then his quivery hand moves to his side and draws his revolver with a single round He steps back and says 'Goodbye, old friend' Hornsby RSL Sub-Branch conducts the DAWN SERVICE at Hornsby Cenotaph at 5:00am each Anzac Day. An Anzac Sunday Service and march is also held on the Sunday prior to Anzac Day, for those that cannot attend the Dawn Service.
Hornsby Anzac Day Dawn Service
Thursday 25th April 2019 @ 5am
04:40 March form up outside the War Memorial Hall, High St, Hornsby
05:00 Dawn Service @ Hornsby Cenotaph
06:00 Breakfast @ Hornsby RSL Club showroom.
Please note this is a ticketed event with limited seating. Tickets ($5) are available from the club reception prior to 25 April.
Hornsby Anzac Sunday Service & March - 21 April 2019
Hornsby Anzac Sunday March & Service
10:30am: Form up at St Peters Anglican Church, Peats Ferry Rd, Hornsby
10:40am: March to Hornsby Cenotaph
11:00am: Sunday service at Hornsby Cenotaph