They gathered at dawn - remembering ANZAC Day
For some, standing together at dawn on April 25, ANZAC Day, is a day to remember mateship –
"The two world wars exacted a terrible price from us - the full magnitude of that lost potential, of those unlived lives can never be measured. And yet, some of the most admirable aspects of Australia's national character were, if not conceived, then more fully ingrained within us by the searing experiences of those conflicts.
None more so than the concept of mateship - regarded as a particularly Australian virtue - a concept that encompasses unconditional acceptance, mutual and self respect, sharing whatever is available no matter how meagre, a concept based on trust and selflessness and absolute interdependence. In combat, men did live and die by its creed. 'Sticking by your mates' was sometimes the only reason for continuing on when all seemed hopeless." (Prime Minister John Howard in London, 2003)
For others it is a time to remember the courage of Australians and New Zealanders who over the course of the 20th century repeatedly risked their lives to defend those who were under attack.The Australian and the New Zealand Herald have much more about what Australians and New Zealanders remember on ANZAC Day, the day when the first Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli on the dawn of April 25, 1915.