The BOC joined in the 102nd Anniversary Commemorative Service for ANZAC Day at the National Cathedral. ANZAC Day commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli, the bloody campaign that lasted between 25 April 1915 and 9 January 1916. Casualties were high, with 187,959 Commonwealth losses and 164,826 Ottoman Turk casualties.
The National Cathedral echoed with the sound of a didgeridoo and clapping sticks prior to the beginning of the service, and began with the presentation of the Australian and New Zealand national flags and the ANZAC Cross by a colour guard. After the singing of the national anthems of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, a very moving service included readings and bagpipes. A bugler poignantly ended the service playing playing “Short Reveille” or Rouse, the traditional Remembrance Day call.
Didgeridoo prelude to the service.
Ed Burley and Peter Pennington must have coordinated their suits, but somehow American Ed ended up with a British striped tie and Cornwallian Peter has an American one (the stripes go in opposite directions). Clearly this Australian NCO did not get the memo on what to wear!
The ANZAC Cross with its Kiwi keeper.
The Remembrance Poppy is familiar to most from 11 November, but the rosemary sprig has become synonymous with ANZAC Day since it was first observed in 1916. Rosemary has a direct link with Gallipoli, where troops fought in 1915. Rosemary can be found growing wild all over the Turkish peninsula. An ongoing tradition in Australia and for Australians around the world, rosemary is worn on ANZAC Day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.