Anzac Day is an important national day in Australia and is marked by a national holiday. 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.
The Centenary of the Gallipoli landing (1915) was 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 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: 178,000 casualties, with approximately half of all Australians killed in all wars dying in a little over 2 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...
The new video above 'Free ANZAC Day Video - With Australian War Heroes Song' features war horses, and they played a big part in Australia's war effort a hundred years ago.
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 3 million views, it is very reasonable to say many people access the song for free through YouTube. Also, you can go to the song's download page and download the original version (2001) for free. A 4 minute version (2001) is also for free.
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.
Song is ideal in Australia as an ANZAC Day song or a Remembrance Day Song.
You can email Peter Barnes at this contact page for any enquiries or questions regarding the Australian War Heroes Song. Or you can call him on 0418 82 7756.
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.
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Many Australians and people from around the world took advantage of the free download of the song 'can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' in the lead up to the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 2015. The free download of the song will remain throughout the ANZAC Centenary 2014 - 2018.
Download the Original Version (2001) of 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' FOR FREE at the song's official website download page HERE. The website is also a Mobile Friendly Website.
The song has touched many people's hearts over the past 15 years and at this very special time in Australia, the author of the song has made the song available for free.
The new video on this web page is free to use for commemorative purposes. The video must be used respectfully, as it honours Australia's war dead and Australians that have served in the past, and those that serve today, in Australia's military.
The new HD video has the mastered version of the song and all photos were taken by the author and copyright owner of the song.
In 2012, the instrumental backing track for 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' was recorded because of requests from schools for the music. The video below titled 'Australians At Gallipoli' has the backing track for the song.
The new video below titled 'You never came home' is a memorial to all the Australians who died on the Western Front in WW1
The 19th of July 2016 is 100 years since the Battle Of Fromelles where in one day around 2,000 Australian soldiers died and over 3,500 wounded.
To put that in perspective, Australia in 1916 had a population just under five million... Today's population is close to twenty four million and in percentage would see close to 10,000 soldiers dead and 16,000 wounded.
The author of the song 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' also is an artist who paints war time related paintings... Here is one example below...
Titled 'AUSTRALIAN WAR HERO - WW2' (2015) 70CM x 100 CM. The painting is based on the famous photograph taken on the 30th of July 1943 of Corporal Leslie (Bull) Allen MM, aged 26 of Ballarat, Victoria, carrying out a wounded American soldier down the slopes of Mount Tambu, New Guinea, during the Wau - Salamaua campaign, one of 12 he retrieved. He was awarded the US Silver Star and had already received his Military Medal (MM) on the 7th of February 1943, at Crystal Creek, Wau .(He was born in Ballarat in 1916 and died in Ballarat in 1982). Peter Barnes is a Ballarat boy... Born there in 1953.