Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Today is a national public holiday because it is ANZAC day.  There are commemorations all over country and considered  by many as one of the most important days in the Nations calendar. It is the day Australians and New Zealanders remember those who died in war and the reason for fighting.

It has often been said that as a nation we celebrate our greatest loss in war but I think this is missing the point. Gallipoli was our greatest loss but ANZAC day has come to mean more in the nations psyche as for many it was a nation defining moment. What is interesting is that every year there is an increase of young people attending the dawn services.

For readers from across the waters the Aussie press is covering the events. Both the ABC and the Age have lots to read if you are interested.

How does this relate to textiles? Have you ever thought about power and textiles? A flag is a cloth of power as people all over the world have died under them defending ideals.


  1. Dear Dilara,
    Thank you so much for posting those words. I hear them quoted nearly every year on Anzac Day, and always thought I would a copy of them. Now I have. I always pay a tribute to the Anzacs on my blog, and will be using these words on it next year.

  2. Hello Sharon,
    I’m write from Türkiye…



    These words were said by President Attaturk, the founder of modern Turkey, who, in World War I, as Colonel Mustafa Kemal, led the Turkish forces facing the Australians.


    Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives….
    You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country therefore rest in peace.
    There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours….
    You, the mothers
    Who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

  3. Sharon, I spent my Anzac Day watching the Sydney march on the TV then the Dawn Service from Gallipoli then Villers-Bretonneux in France. This is my traditional way of commemorating, I’ve never been to a Dawn Service, I think it would be too emotional for me. My father (a WWII veteran) passed away in September last year and his father was at Gallipoli and in France. I posted quite a long post on my blog, one of those Paula refers to I think.

  4. Thank you for telling us about this. In Kansas City,Mo is the only memorial to World War I and I have a friend on their board. I am going to make sure that next year if they don’t already they have some kind of memorial to this celebration.
    Thank you again.

  5. I have noticed an increase in interest in the ABZAC day ceremonies – we never went to the marches as kids, but we always take ours. I think the RSL etc being concerned a few years back that numbers were declining, and the death of the last remaining ANZAC vetrans would result in a down turn of numbers served to spur people on. Ive noticed 3 or 4 blogs i read covering ANZAC day too

  6. Power has been enforced through cloth in Indian History atleast.The Gandhian Satyagraha movement had the Charka[the native spinning wheel] as its symbol;Burning of foreign made cloth and using only handspun and woven Khadhi formed the basis /a symbol of the Swadeshi movement in India.
    Remembering the war dead is the least we can do for their sacrifice;these days remind the civilians of their responsibility to the armed force pesonal and their Families.this is true of India ,too.

  7. Hmmm. Canada’s ‘day’ in the same respect came during WWI. Vimy Ridge. My father and step-father both served in WWII, in the Royal Canadian Black Watch. Thus the fibre I associate with ‘power’ of that sort is tartan. There are a great many emotions invested in a kilt/uniform, pride being near the top of the list (if not *at* the top)…

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