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.
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.
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 🙂