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Cowra RSL Sub Branch Calls For Wreath Layers

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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The crowd at a previous Anzac Day service in Cowra.

ANZAC Day, April 25th, is the National Day of Commemoration of Australia and New Zealand for sufferers of war and for recognition of the role of their armed forces. It marks the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

In 1916 the first Anzac Day commemorations were held on 25 April. The day was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services across Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.

In London more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets; a London newspaper headline dubbed them “the knights of Gallipoli”. Marches were held all over Australia; in the Sydney march convoys of cars carried soldiers wounded on Gallipoli and their nurses. For the remaining years of the war Anzac Day was used as an occasion for patriotic rallies and recruiting campaigns, and parades of serving members of the AIF were held in most cities.

Today we speak of an ‘Anzac tradition’, meaning the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship that are still relevant to this day.

The Cowra RSL sub-Branch is busy finalising plans for this year’s commemorative services, which consist of the Dawn Service and the Morning service and Wreath Laying held at 10.20am. To assist in this planning, it is requested that those members of community organisations and the public please contact the secretary, Ken Guihot to inform him of who will be laying wreaths. Mr Guihot can be contacted by email at cowrasb@rslnsw.org.au or by phone on 0439 156 447.

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