Today is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand – ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps but means so much more than this today.  A day where our two nations stop to remember those who fought and fell at Gallipoli back in 1915 during World War I.  The Day now remembers all those in the military since then to now who have served to keep our nations free.

A film that captures the essence of the bravery, fear, mateship, loyalty, dedication and determination of the ANZACS is the 1981 movie Gallipoli.

gallipoli running

Many scenes in this film show the soldiers running.  They had to run from the beach up the cliffs and hills to the trenches.  They had to run out of the trenches to fight the enemy.  They were fit young men who could run.

Running was part of their daily life.  Run to try and survive.

gallipoli running 1

Thank heavens for fit young men who could run back in 1915.  Dear ANZACs, Thank you for the sacrifice you made so that today in Australia and New Zealand we can enjoy a way of life that is free.


There is so much more I could write about ANZAC Day, regardless of opinions about war these soldiers sacrificed their lives for our countries.  This day is close to our hearts as Australians and New Zealanders.  So much of the character shown by the ANZACs is the essence of who we are and where our pride comes from in calling our countries home.  But this blog is about running.

The ANZACs were runners.

Lest we forget.


Happy running 🙂

14 thoughts on “ANZAC Day

    1. Hello Sue 🙂 We observe Remembrance Day or Armistice Day here too. Everything stops on the 11th of the 11th month at 11am. Even at the supermarket everything goes still for the minute of silence to remember the end of war and the fallen. Poppies are worn much like they are today and also sprigs of Rosemary – Poppies from Flanders Fields and all the symbolism they represent. Most Commonwealth Nations would observe Remembrance Day I think 🙂 ANZAC Day is a special one in the history of Australia and New Zealand in memory of the huge losses at Gallipoli 🙂

  1. This post is very touching. It seems to me that in our country (US) we do not have much recognition any more for our veterans and how they sacrificed and served. I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s the impression I get. And I am ashamed to say that I’m falling into that trend also. Sad. I love how you mention that they were runners! Life was so different then. I think it would be harder now to round up a group of men (and women) that are so fit. Thinking of the lifestyle our parents and grandparents led is very inspiring to me.

    1. Thanks Cynthia 🙂 We get a lot of news coverage in Australia from the US, whenever there is anything military it always comes across as very respectful. We have lots of war memorials in Australia, but in both WW1 and WW2 some towns lost most of their men. They went to war and never came back. War ripped at our nation even though none have ever been fought on our soil. Same for the Korean and Vietnam wars where our countries fought together.

      Oh yes, I do think you are right – it would be hard to round up a bunch of fit people if there was a need today. Our lifestyles have definitely changed to being more sedentary. We are going back to so many things that the former generations practised like the whole recycling thing, more whole food eating, eating in season. Our fast world has produced slow bodies. Thanks for the thoughtful comment x

  2. The weekend before last I watched the start of the London Marathon on TV. There were 35000 runners and I couldn’t help comparing their number to the 20000+ who were killed and wounded on the first day of the battle of the Somme. Such huge numbers are meaningless until you see them! Very humbling.

  3. I stood in the War Museum in London at the section dedicated to those who died in World War 1. It had little mementoes which had belonged to the soldiers in the trenches: photos of sweethearts, lucky charms, religious medals, that type of thing and honestly, looking at them, I felt deeply moved that so many men (and boys), people’s husbands, brothers, fathers and sons, had suffered so much and on all sides.
    In commemorating the dead, my earnest hope is that we continue to appreciate peace and to support collaboration, dialogue and diplomacy and all other such efforts to prevent war.
    Thank you for reminding us, Annie, of this important part of history, lest we forget.

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