Dear fellow Australians,

Today I want to salute our ANZACS for their great dedication and commitment as they fought for our freedom, also their willingness to lay their lives down, so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have. These brave ANZACS took the fight right into the enemies’ territory and thousands laid their lives down. These were our forefathers.

Now, it is our time to stand for our sons and daughters, so that they too will enjoy the freedoms we have today. I would like to encourage everyone to please remember to pray for God’s protection over our country, our soldiers and their families who are fighting for our freedom in other countries.

We must honor these brave men and women in uniform for their love, dedication and commitment for Australia, and pray for them.

Below, I have included some important information on Anzac Day.

May God bless you all,

Daniel Nalliah  (National President RUAP and Lead Senate Candidate for Vic)

What is ANZAC Day?

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

What does ANZAC stand for?

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

Why is this day special to Australians?

When war broke out in 1914, Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 13 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.

The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.

Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the “ANZAC legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future.

Early commemorations

The 25th of April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916. It was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services in Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt. In London over 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. A London newspaper headline dubbed them “the knights of Gallipoli”. Marches were held all over Australia; in the Sydney march, convoys of cars carried wounded soldiers from Gallipoli attended by nurses. For the remaining years of the war, ANZAC Day was used as an occasion for patriotic rallies and recruiting campaigns, and parades of serving members of the AIF were held in most cities.

During the 1920s ANZAC Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the 60,000 Australians who had died during the war. In 1927, for the first time every state observed some form of public holiday on ANZAC Day. By the mid-1930s, all the rituals we now associate with the day – dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions, two-up games – were firmly established as part of ANZAC Day culture.

With the coming of the Second World War, ANZAC Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. In subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include Australians killed in all the military operations in which Australia has been involved.

ANZAC Day was first commemorated at the Memorial in 1942. There were government orders prohibiting large public gatherings in case of a Japanese air attack, so it was a small occasion, with neither a march nor a memorial service. Since then, ANZAC Day has been commemorated at the Memorial every year.

What does it mean today?

Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, ANZAC Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

The Dawn Service

The Dawn Service observed on ANZAC Day has its origins in a military routine which is still followed by the Australian Army today. During battle, the half-light of dawn was one of the most favoured times for an attack. Soldiers in defensive positions were woken in the dark before dawn, so by the time first light crept across the battlefield they were awake, alert, and manning their weapons; this is still known as the “stand-to”. As dusk is equally favourable for attacks, the stand-to was repeated at sunset.

After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they had felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. A dawn vigil, recalling the wartime front line practice of the dawn ‘stand-to’, became the basis of a form of commemoration in several places after the war. There are claims that a dawn requiem mass was held at Albany on 25 April 1918, and a wreath laying and commemoration took place at dawn in Toowoomba the following year. In 1927 a group of returned men, returning from an ANZAC function held the night before, came upon an elderly woman laying flowers at the as yet unfinished Sydney Cenotaph. Joining her in this private remembrance, the men later resolved to institute a dawn service the following year. Thus in 1928 150 people gathered at the Cenotaph to for a wreath laying and two minutes silence. This is generally regarded as the beginning of organised dawn services. Over the years the ceremonies have developed into their modern form and also seen an increased association with the dawn landings on 25 April 1915.

Today dawn services include the presence of a chaplain, but not the presence of dignitaries such as the governor general. They were originally very simple and followed the military routine. In many cases, attendance at the dawn service was restricted to veterans, while the daytime ceremony was for families and other well-wishers. Before dawn, the gathered veterans would be ordered to “stand to” and two minutes’ silence would follow. At the end of this time a lone bugler would play the Last Post and then conclude the service with Reveille, the bugler’s call to wake up.

In more recent times families and young people have been encouraged to take part in dawn services, and services in Australian capital cities have seen some of the largest turnouts ever. Reflecting this change, those services have become more elaborate, incorporating hymns, readings, pipers, and rifle volleys. Other services, though, have retained the simple format of the dawn stand-to, familiar to so many soldiers.

The ANZAC Day Ceremony

At the Australian War Memorial, the ceremony takes place at 10.15 am in the presence of people such as the prime minister and the governor general. Each year the ceremony follows a pattern that is familiar to generations of Australians. A typical ANZAC Day ceremony may include the following features: an introduction, hymn, prayer, an address, laying of wreaths, a recitation, the Last Post, a period of silence, either the Rouse or the Reveille, and the national anthem. After the Memorial’s ceremony, families often place red poppies beside the names of relatives on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour, as they also do after Remembrance Day services.


11 Responses to “We salute our ANZACS – By Pr Daniel Nalliah”

  1. 1 Frank

    Dear Danny,

    God bless you and your team in the name of JESUS!

    Thank you for honouring us old diggers and praise God for your work for the Lord.

    Yours gratefully, in JESUS name again,
    Frank
    Rescue Australia

  2. 2 Tom Angenent

    Dear Danny. The lord Jesus Christ delivered continental Europe from the Nazis. All the glory goes to Him. I do acknowledge the suffering from the allied forces and am grateful as my parent’s generation was delivered. However since most Australians cannot be bothered to seek God, in spite of overwhelming evidence, and therefore do not find Him, the amount of attention given to this appears like ancestor worship to me. Praying for dead diggers has no effect however praising the Lord Jesus leads to victory. Anzac day is a tribute and binds our nation together, however all the glory should go to the lord Jesus Christ. Regards Tom

  3. 3 Ron

    I received this email from a friend, and I wanted to thank you for sending it out.

    Bless you in the name of JESUS,

    Ron

  4. 4 Ps Mike

    Hi Danny,

    Thanks for the update and salute to our ANZACS.

    Sadly (if not unexpectedly) I the last few days I have received a copy on an article by a Muslim organization titled “Anzac Day is not for Muslims.”

    I have written to various Govt Ministers registering my offense at the contents of the article. I attach a copy FYI although I rather think you most likely have it.

    There is a statement in the narrative on page 2 which makes the following statement, which I find staggering, if not unsurprising.

    For us, as Muslims, nationalism is a prohibited matter, whether it be Australian nationalism or Turkish, American or Egyptian. By extension, so too are nationalistic celebrations.

    Thus self evidently by their own admission there is zero national commitment to this country they enjoy the benefits of. They are firstly, and only Muslim.

    Blessings,

    Ps Mike

  5. 5 David
  6. 6 Ian

    While in these times we mention both service men and women I hope we never forget that it was men to suffered and died in horrific circumstances and have done so since before the time of David lest we forget. It is a shame that the feminists cant say thank you for the freedom that they have that was paid for with the blood of men.

    Ian

  7. 7 Andrew Bolt Blog
  8. 8 Frank

    Dear Jason,

    Thanks mate, for honouring us yesterday.

    Praise God again for your work.

    I am still doing Indigenous work and have a church in Narre Warren, and will get you guys to come in the future.

    Keep fighting that GOOD fight of faith, in JESUS name,

    Thanks again,

    Frank

  9. 9 Pauline

    Hi,

    It was awesome day. Here in Perth WA – 50,000.00 turned up in Kings Park Anzac Memorial and it was the biggest turnout in Australia! Not only that Essenden beat Collingwood in a sell out crowd. Good onya James Hird!

    You can’t beat an Anzac Day like that!!!

    The Spirit of the Anzacs no race can take away or wish it away. They will remain for all eternity. May we honour them in all we stand for as true blue Australians.

    God Bless
    Pauline

  10. 10 Ps Mike

    Hi all,

    I recently received (via Q Society) a post by an Islamic organization regarding the rejection of ANZAC Day by Muslims. I have also previously forwarded it to yourselves FYI.

    Apart from the generally offensive content and the clear demonstration of a total lack of genuine understanding of what the ANZAC sentiment is really about, there was one other issue that concerned me greatly. A copy of that statement is here FYI. Below that is the link to the original article.

    For us, as Muslims, nationalism is a prohibited matter, whether it be Australian nationalism or Turkish, American or Egyptian. By extension, so too are nationalistic celebrations.

    http://www.hizb-australia.org/media-centre/comment/item/719-anzac-day-is-not-for-muslims

    Oddly enough the article had a place where it invited comment, listing 21 comments in all. Some of those comments published were not all that favourable to the Muslim perspective. I did add a comment myself, but as yet that comment has not been posted on the site. FYI the following is my personal belief, and the comment made.

    “If you are unwilling, or unable, to support the nation then you should immediately relinquish Australian citizenship, as well as immediately relinquish all taxpayer funded benefits. Perhaps that was you will not be seen as absolute hypocrites who deny the nation on one hand while taking all the benefits the nation offers with the other.”

    As you may imagine the comment has neither been replied to, or posted.
    Perhaps it’s food for thought for RUAP. Those who cannot, or will not, support the nation (based on political or religious ideology) should not have national citizenship or taxpayer funded benefits.

    Blessings

    Ps. Mike

  11. 11 Stuart

    Are we in Laodicea?

    The Laodicean trap is one of the most difficult to detect and one of the most difficult to deal with. The problem stems from the fact that in order to deal with an issue a person needs to know they have an issue. The Laodicean trap is that the church thinks there is nothing wrong, that we are excelling and that we are doing what God wants. In some churches it would appear that we are very successful and that the church is growing very fast. Yet even in those churches the Laodicean trap can still operate. In order to detect the Laodicean trap you need to detect the symptoms. Oddly enough it is not detecting what is wrong that will help an individual discover the state of the church, but identifying what is missing in the fruit of one’s own works and that of the church. These are some of the things that I have identified. There is most likely far more:

    Do you get excited about God? Not just on Sundays but during the rest of the week. If not this could be a symptom where the church service has replaced God.

    If your church leaders ceased to exist, would you still be excited about God. This requires thought because you might say yes, but the real question is will you remain excited for God for the rest of your life? Another symptom is where you are completely certain that God has called you to something and the leader says that this does not fit in with what the church is doing or challenges you on this and so you walk away from your calling. You should never give up on your calling unless God reveals to you that this was not your calling and that you are on the wrong path. Everyone born of God has a calling. This is a symptom of where the leader has replaced God.

    Are you dependant on the music provided each Sunday to feel the presence of God? This is where the music has replace God. Since God is omnipresent you should be able to commune with God no matter when or where. In noise and in silence.

    Do you get annoyed if the Sunday service is changed in anyway? For example they don’t have a sermon, the music is different or it’s too quite or noisy etc. This is a symptom of where the order of service has replaced God.

    Do you see yourself as a VIP? I have seen this many times where seats are marked with being reserved for VIPs and it shocks me. The greater a person becomes, the more this person will seek humility. They will not be too proud to sit with the lowly, the poor or the sick and dying. They will not seek the honour of men, but will seek the lowest positions. This occurs because the closer you get to God, the easier it is to identify how weak you are. Seeing yourself as a VIP is where your position or title has replaced God. A good question to ask yourself is if God asked you to leave your position where people praise you or reward you in some way for what you are doing and do something else, would you?

    Where is the true church?

    There are many people who stand up today and say that the church supports, agrees with or disagrees with such and such yet the first question I would ask is who are these people? They say that they have a position, but very often I see the fruit of these people and it does not show that they are called of Christ. I would go as far to say that it would be better for a person to say that they are called of Christ, serve Christ and are in agreement with Christ and that what they are saying is in accordance with the biblical instruction that Christ would give. I certainly would be very careful saying anything wrong if I had to condition it on this because I do fear God.

    Before I begin the next few paragraphs I want to emphasise that people do sin and there is forgiveness for those who sin. What is wrong is that people do not speak of being holy and do not cry out against these things. I emphasise cry out. Not judge, condemn or gossip about. It is like me saying that because I was run over by a car when I did not look where I was going that it would be wrong to speak out about avoiding being run over. Dumb isn’t it?

    It is very difficult to determine the difference between the church and the world today. The church needs and must be different to the world.

    Leaders, some with fantastic titles and often well respected have been married multiple times and do not say that being divorced is wrong. Many of their congregations are divorced, living together, have had children with multiple partners. We should not be fearful of honouring marriage. How can we even begin to expect those outside of the church to honour marriage if we do not honour it ourselves? Sin needs to be spoken out against, revealed and dealt with. Holiness for a Christian is extremely important. Sin inhibits our ability to be holy It gets in the way of our relationship with God. Daily seeking forgiveness from Christ and dealing with sin should be our way of life.

    The sermons of the church have become more about what God can do for us and very little about obedience to God, serving God and serving one another. We have become “me” focused. It is not that I am against God improving my life, but that we should be focusing of what God wants, even if we never see what we want. Oddly enough, it is through focusing on what God wants that we will obtain what we need.

    Relationship with God is not something confined to Sunday. We need to realise that we can commune with God at any time, any place every day. It is for this very reason that Christ came. We have been restored to the state that Adam was in before the fall. We can boldly enter the throne room of grace whenever we want to. Relationship with God is not just about asking for things. God describes our relationship as being like a marriage. It would be awful if my relationship with my wife was nothing more than “Can I have my dinner” or “I need clean clothes”. We need to ask God what He would like, what He needs, what interests Him and what He would like us to do. We should be about bringing joy to God.

    Bringing about revival

    I am not as young as I used to be. I see this as a benefit rather than a hindrance because I have had enough time to see great things and so I know how desperately we need revival. Even what I have seen in my life is nothing compared to what has happened in the history of the church but what we have today is very poor compared to what I have seen. Revival can only start when we are prepared to give up everything. It costs, because in order to get revival we need to stop the dead works we are doing and start something new. Even starting something new can get in the way of revival if we have not first sought God on what the new thing we need to do is. The key thing is seeking God. This needs to be done with the acceptance that something is wrong, that we are willing to do anything, we are ready to obey God and we want to seek Him so that we might hear and do what He says.
    It is not about asking God to do something, it is not about praying against something. It is simply waiting on God, worshiping God and seeking as to what He wants us to do and us willing to do anything He asks. Revival will come, but if the church does not get ready, revival might start somewhere else Remember God can raise anything and anyone to serve Him. He loves us but we are not as important to God’s plans as we sometimes think we are.

    The Hope

    We are in the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit. God has chosen for some reason that the last great revival before Christ’s return will start here. We get excited about this, but we should also be watchful as I believe that tribulations will come on New Zealand and Australia before this revival can occur. We will be refined as metal in order for us to be strong. Those who refer to themselves leaders need to prepare our people for this. We should be strengthening the people, not protecting them. Our people need to stand and be able to stand by themselves. They can no longer remain as children. They need to mature.

    Wonderful things will happen during the revival. Cities will be transformed and what we think of as church will be dramatically changed. We will struggle with training so many new Christians. Australasia’s population will both shrink and grow as many will depart to go into the world to proclaim the gospel and with many coming here to marvel at the gloriously things occurring here. We will be both welcomed and despised by the world, but we will have peace because God’s presence will be with us.
    It is time to become strong in Christ. It is time to be counted as a Christian. We can no longer hide our light.

    God Bless
    Stuart

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