Anzac Day Reflection – Tuesday 25 April 2017

Third Battle of Ypres

The Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign (GCPC) was formed to confront many of the misconceptions about Australia’s war experience, especially those associated with the Anzac legend. We reject the view that the nation was born at Gallipoli, that our national identity was established in war time and that our national values are military values.

GCPC invites the public to an Anzac Day Reflection on Tuesday 25 April between 10.30am and 11.30am in Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park (cnr Richards Avenue & Holt Crescent in Marrickville 2204).

Join us to:

  • Respect victims of war including those who died in battle, those who were maimed physically and psychologically, along with those who suffered on the home front during WW1 and in other wars;
  • Acknowledge those who opposed conscription and war in the past and for official recognition of the Frontier Wars and their impact on indigenous dispossession;
  • Reflect on the myth-making associated with the Anzac legend;
  • Consider the prospects of developing an independent foreign policy and a culture of peace at home together with a commitment to collective security internationally.

Download the Anzac Reflection leaflet here.

Notes

For a historian’s perspective on Anzac and WW1, refer to Douglas Newton’s post ‘The Centenary of the Great War – and Anzac’. This post contains links to articles on WW1 including ‘Lost opportunities for a negotiated peace during the Great War: from 1917 to 1918. Part 2’.

Photo: Four Australian soldiers walking along the duckboard track at Tokio, near Zonnebeke, in the Ypres sector, over a portion of the country captured by the Australians in the fighting of the Third Battle of Ypres (Belgium) in September and October 1917. (Source: AWM: Timeline: Australia in the First World War, 1914-1918).

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