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Anzac Day traditions in Australia

May 10, 2010

This may be a bit late as Anzac Day was on April 25th, but I wanted to share a few wonderful tradtitions I witnessed and were carried on all over Australia this year.

Anzac Day remembers all the women and men from Australia, New Zealand, and their allies, who fought and gave their lives in wars. We honour them all.

Nearly every Australian city and town, big or small, has its own dawn memorial service. Wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph, a bugle is trumpeted, rum and milk is drunk at Returned Services Clubs, and Two-up is a game of chance played by tossing coins in the centre of a ring and seeing which way they fall. Bets are allowed on Two-up on this one day. Then the entire town turns out to watch the street parade made up of returned servicemen and their families, marching bands, school children, and service groups.

All these traditions are kept up on this special day to commemorate the things our troops did. 


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