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Anzac legend lives on

Some of the crowd at last year’s Coolum Peregian RSL Anzac Day dawn service.
Some of the crowd at last year’s Coolum Peregian RSL Anzac Day dawn service. Mike Garry

The Anzac legend had its beginning when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.

The plan was to quickly take the peninsula so the Allies could capture Constantinople (Istanbul), which was the capital of Turkey – an ally of Germany – but the Turkish troops were waiting.

What was supposed to be a quick victory turned into eight months of trench warfare under insufferable conditions.

By the time the troops were evacuated, 8000 Australian diggers had been killed.

But the courage of the Anzacs was hailed across the world and legend had begun.

Anzac Day was so named in 1916 and marches were held all throughout Australia that year.

Anzac Day eventually became a national day of commemoration for all of the 60,000 Australians who died during the World War I, though it did not become a public holiday in all states until 1927.

Dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions and two-up games were firmly established as part of Anzac Day by the mid-1930s.

Because the “war to end all wars” was not that, Anzac Day has come to commemorate all those who gave their lives in war.

Since World War II, Anzac Day has been a day to also remember the lives of the 27,000 Australians lost in that war.

Today Anzac Day honours Australians killed in all the military operations in which Australia has been or is currently involved.

 

Local Anzac Day services

 

COOLUM PEREGIAN RSL DAWN SERVICE

Marchers assemble at 5.10am in Seacove Lane and march to the cenotaph at 5.20am.

RSL state president Doug Formby will attend the Coolum dawn service, as well as the Yandina service at 11am.

Car parking is available at the Coolum sports grounds parking area.

 

MUDJIMBA RSL

The Mudjimba RSL dawn service will be conducted at the Power Park cenotaph on the Mudjimba esplanade at 5.15am

The main service will be held at the same venue at 10.45am.


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