A Special Friday Quick Hits and Varia

Today is an important Friday for two reasons.  It’s Good Friday in the Orthodox Church and it’s Anzac Day in Australia, New Zealand, and a few other South Pacific countries.  I’ll write about Holy Week tomorrow and Anzac Day at the end of the blog.

First some quick hits:

Anzac Day commemorates the role of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in the difficult and bloody Gallipoli Campaign of 1915.  The Australian War Memorial site has a nice web site explaining the ceremonies and commemorative aspects of the observance.  Cities and towns in Australia often hold ceremonies commemorating the exact moment of the Gallipoli landing (in Brisbane this was 04:28 (AEST); for photographs). Among the more interesting things is that the Gallipoli campaign forged a special relationship between Australia, New Zealand, and Turkey.  As early as 1934, Ataturk reassured Australians and New Zealanders with words now inscribed on the several monuments both at Gallipoli and elsewhere:

“Those heroes who 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 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 bosoms and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they become our sons as well.”

Another important part of Anzac day are Anzac Biscuits.  According to the story, Anzac Biscuits use Golden Syrup rather than eggs as a bonding agent so that the sweet treats would survive the long journey from Australia to Europe.  My wife and mother-in-law sent me a tin and in a faint way, re-performed the actions of families during World War I who sent biscuits to their loved ones serving in Europe.  A very tasty way to be made to feel part of an Australian family!

Anzac Biscuits

  1. April 25, 2008 at 3:55 am

    For members of the British School at Athens at Gallipoli see http://bsahistory.blogspot.com/2008/04/gallipoli-remembering-lives-lost.html

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