I started my new job on Monday!! So I’ve been a bit busy…
And, well, ANZAC day was weeks ago.
But let’s do this anyway k?
I’m gonna just throw you right in… Get ready.
ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps.
In short, ANZAC used to be the combined military created in 1914, which existed during the First World War.
For New Zealanders ANZAC day – on April 25 – is very special, as they celebrate and commemorate their past and present military members.
They show appreciation for their service, in a way that isn’t done in the States. At least not on such a big scale, despite the smaller size of their country! It’s amazing.
April 25 was chosen because it was when the ANZACs – fighting for the British Empire – landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915.
Sadly, about 1/5 of the NZ men that landed in Gallipoli lost their lives in the brutal battles.
Now, parades and ceremonies are held all over New Zealand (and Australia too!) to honor the military.
The events I observed in Howick were so special!
James was asked to lead the Old Collegian pipes and drums band which was very cool! He even got to wear his old traditional Scottish kilt, which I got a massive kick out of!
I, along with everyone else, wore a red poppy pin which symbolizes rememberance.
There were plane fly overs, speeches from leaders, songs by local talent, and everyone lined up to clap for the elderly – and not so elderly – members of the various military services. It was honestly incredibly emotional.
Communities here feel so much more tight-knit and that connection is something that makes a deep impression on me.
I am so grateful I could experience this side of New Zealand culture.
Lest we forget…