Do you know what the word ANZAC stands for?
Thursday 25th of April is an important day for the Australian and New Zealand citizens. This day is a public holiday in which those who served and died in the First World War are remembered with honour and respect. Therefore, ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
ANZAC day is commemorated in different places around Brisbane. In Brisbane city, a parade took place for veterans and their families to pay respect for their honourable service to the country. So, now when I’m a part of the Australian community (even as a student) I want to share this special day with you. It was a great experience not only because of the spectacular marching of veterans but also because you could feel the atmosphere of respect and pride of the veterans, their families and all the Australian citizens.
As an audience of this parade, my spot was near King George Square. It was amazing to see how people took part in this tradition. You could see people clapping when the veterans were marching by, and when they waved their hand as an act of response to say ‘hello’’ a connection was made between the people in the parade and the audience. You could definitely feel the spirit of this significant day.
The parade started at 10 am and finished at 1 pm with the starting point at the corner of George and Elizabeth Street. At a certain point of this parade, I felt that I was watching a movie from 1919 because of the uniforms that some veterans were wearing. It was amazing! Also, there were some ensembles playing suitable music in the parade.
At the end of the parade, many army cars drove past. When it was finished several families gathered for a cup of coffee or lunch.
It was a great experience sharing this special day within the Australian community. If you want to find out more information about ANZAC day you can visit https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/anzac-day-2019-brisbane/anzac-day-2019-events