Anzac Day was first observed by both Australia and New Zealand on April 25 1916, in remembrance of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought together at Gallipoli during WW1. Today, ANZAC Day commemorates Australians and New Zealanders who died and served in all military operations. Anzac Day is also observed in Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue.
Anzac Day is an important national day for both Australia and New Zealand and is marked by a national holiday. The Centenary of the Gallipoli landing (1915) is on April 25, 2015. Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, focusing on the 100 years since our nationís involvement in WW1 - The First World War 1914 - 1918.
Anzac Day observance focuses on dawn services at war memorials in both countries and featuring the The Last Post performed on the bugle.
The name 'ANZAC Cove' was officially recognised by the Turkish government on Anzac Day in 1985. Many people now travel to Gallipoli each year to to be present at the commemorative service at ANZAC Cove on April 25. A ballot to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 was recently held and people who applied have been notified of the outcome of their application.
The ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice is a very important aspect of Australian national identity. Many refer to it as the spirit of the ANZACS.
Staggering losses on the Western Front in WW1: Australia had 46,000 soldiers dead and 132,000 were wounded. 178,000 casualties in less than three years.
Music and song used in Australia on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day- 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice.
Over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives in the service and defence of our country. Along with their mates, they're marching once again, in the towns and cities, across our great land.
Many Australians who lost their lives in war weren't thinking they could save the world or defeat evil regimes. As on the hills at Gallipoli, the trenches of France, the patrols in Vietnam, in the freezing Korean weather, or on the rugged Kokoda Track, Australians were looking after their mates alongside them. Many Australian veterans, have in past generations, and now in the present generation, marched on ANZAC Day in memory of their mates left behind, and the ones that have passed on before them.
Information for the Australian War Heroes Song 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' follows below...
Sheet music, lyrics, backing track and song mp3 is available for download. Sheet music includes full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit.
You don't need permission to use the song for commemorative purposes. This means, for instance, veteran organisations, veteran funerals, schools, local councils, school and community choirs, community and military bands, sporting and community events focusing on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, can us the song for commemorative purposes without having to ask for permission.
Click Here for the song's download page to download music sheets and mp3's online.
Peter Barnes initiated the song and it was recorded in March 2001. He is the author (and copyright owner) of the song and he created the concept, title and lyrics.
If you go to YouTube, you can watch and listen to videos of the song for free. As the song's YouTube Channel has over 2.8 million views, it is very reasonable to say many people access the song for free through YouTube.
The music sheets for the song, however, are not availble for free, and you will need to go to the the download page of the Australian War Heroes website to purchase them.
There is a great ANZAC Day tribute video entitled 'Spirit Of The Anzac' by Ku-Ring-Gai Creative Arts High School for their 2013 ANZAC Day Assembly. Music content includes: 'The Last Rebel' by Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Sound The Bugle' by Bryan Adams, 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' by Peter Barnes (Darren Mullan sings and composed the music). You can click here to watch the video... The video will touch your heart listening to veteran anzac heroes and the music, well just go and have a look yourself... highly recommended.
Songs and music to mark the ANZAC Centenary and the landing at Gallipoli include composers in Australia and New Zealand being invited to create new compositions from letters, words and diaries wriiten by soldiers (including nurses and other participants) in the Gallipoli Campaign. The Gallipoli campaign joined Australia and New Zealand as nations militarily. ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert supported this initiative.
When you look back at what song was the most popular during WW1, you cannot go past 'Australia Will Be There'. The song was written in 1915 by Walter Skipper Francis and It was used to rally Aussie soldiers as they marched away from home bound for war... It has been termed the march song of the Australian Expeditionary Forces.
During WW2 a patriotic and popular Australian song was 'Australia Marches On'. One of the most famous songs of WW2 that resonated with soldiers going off to war is 'We'll Meet Again' by the British singer Vera Lynn.
Anzac Day Australia website was created by Peter Barnes.
Anzac Day is an important national day in Australia and is marked by a national holiday.
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