‘ANZAC’ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
On the morning of 25 April 1915, the Anzacs set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, and an ally of Germany. The Anzacs landed on Gallipoli and met fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. Their plan to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months.
At the end of 1915, the allied forces were evacuated. Both sides suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli and the events that followed had a profound impact on Australians at home.
The 25th of April soon became the day on which Australians remember the sacrifice of those who had died in the war. The Anzacs were courageous and although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy.
With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the remembrance of all Australians killed in military operations.
This year, Breakfast Point are specifically commemorating the major battles of Fromelles and Pozieres in 1916, together with the winter of 1916/17 which was the worst in over 40 years. Together, these three periods resulted in 8 of the 45 AGL deaths.
Five ‘official’ wreaths will be laid in memory of the fallen from World War One, World War Two, Korea and Malaya, Vietnam, and Modern conflicts plus additional wreaths for any descendants of the AGL dead who attend for the first time. This year, one ‘new’ descendant family has been tracked down and there is hope that they can attend.
In keeping with previous years, patrons of the Dawn Service can enjoy delicious Anzac Cookies courtesy of Breakfast Point Realty.
The Anzac Biscuit During World War One, the friends and families of soldiers and community groups sent food to the fighting men. Due to the time delays in getting food items to the front lines, they had to send food that would remain edible, without refrigeration, for long periods of time that retained high nutritional value; the Anzac biscuit met this need.
Although there are variations, the basic ingredients are: rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda, and boiling water.
The biscuit was first known as the Soldiers’ Biscuit. The current name, Anzac Biscuit, has as much to do with Australia’s desire to recognise the Anzac tradition and the Anzac biscuit as part of the staple diet at Gallipoli.
The Anzac biscuit is one of the few commodities that are able to be legally marketed in Australia using the word ‘Anzac’, which is protected by Federal Legislation.
The Breakfast Point Dawn Service will commence at sunrise being approx. 5.30am on Monday 25th April 2016 at the Anzac Memorial on the Village Green.
Lest we forget