Friday, 25 April 2008

Anzac Day dawn services underway

Gallipoli (Gelibolou)

Thousands of people have gathered at Anzac Day dawn services around the country this morning, to mark the 93rd anniversary of Australian and New Zealand troops landing at Gallipoli.

The first national service commenced in Sydney and as always, thousands of Australians made the pilgrimage to Gallipoli.

Up to five thousand are expected at the first ever dawn service at Villiers-Bretonneux in northern France.

It marks 90 years since the battle which is known as the turning point of World War I.

389 Australian servicemen lost their lives in the two day surge which regained control of the small village from the Germans.


Return of the digger's daughter
For all those who chose to glorify the killers and those who buried their dead on Anzac day - instead of just remembering them - should also remember how many innocent civilians were killed and murdered in all wars and in the latest illegal and degrading wars on Iraq and Afghanistan - merely for their resources and not because anyone was attacked.

National RSL avoids row over veterans' descendants
The national branch of the RSL says it is staying out of a debate over where veterans' descendants should march in Anzac Day parades

Anzac heirs' marching orders
Sarah Dawson, 13, began marching in 2001 [when John Howard and his corporate cronies started to promote the war in Iraq and religious right wing nationalism] Sarah now says that "she marches in memory of her great-grandfather Harrie James Dawson, who fought in World War I as part of the 21st Battalion." But most likely she does however moved by the corporate claim that 'nationalism promotes wars' like Iraq and Afghanistan. What better way to encourage that by promoting and indoctrinating the youth with past wars as something to be proud about? ] "lf dawson, didn't die?" [Or if Sarah wasn't exploited at 13 years of age?]

Thousands take part in anti-war protests
Thousands of anti-war protesters have marched in Britain and the United States to mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq

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