“They Shall Not Grow Old” – Previous ANZAC DAY in Budapest

Unfortunetely, since the Australia Embassay in Budapest was closed not too much Aussies get together which is a pitty. The Australian Ambassador to Hungary Mr. John Griffin really took care of the Aussies in Hungary with several occasions joining the “Get Together” events. Still for many living in Budapest are on their own without the support of Mr.Griffin.
Below are updates of the previous ANZAC DAY Commemorations in Budapest:

Anzac Day is celebrated on April, 25. each year, regardless of on which day it falls. The day is a public holiday Australia.

Regrettably, after the Australian Government  decided to close in  Budapest the Australia Embassy, the umbilical cord was cut off  to many Aussies in Hungary.  not too much Aussies get together which is a pitty. The Australian Ambassador to Hungary Mr. John Griffin really took care of the Aussies in Hungary with several occasions joining the “Get Together” events. Still for many living in Budapest are on their own without  Mr.Griffin and the Australia Embassy in Budapest.
Below are updates of the previous ANZAC DAY Commemorations in Budapest:

In order for the ANZAC Day to be part of the commemoration, they should have  traveled to Vienna / Austria to attend the  memorial  service.

In the „old days” the Ministry of Defense had a major role in implementing , taking part in organizing this event. Nevertheless, in Hungary the remembrance day was most probably kept by heart for many.

On April, 25. 1915., the armies of Australia and New Zealand entered into their premier battle of the First World War, at Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Briefly … „It was on 25 April 1915 that the armies of Australia and New Zealand entered into their premier battle of the First World War, at Gallipoli, Turkey. At the time, Australia had only been recognised as a federal commonwealth for thirteen years.

Many Australians were sympathetic to the United Kingdom, which they regarded as the motherland. So the volunteer armies of Australian and New Zealand, eager to fight the good fight in the war, bravely landed on the shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula with the intent to capture and secure a safe passage for Allied navies.

At Gallipoli, the Anzacs faced off with one of the fiercest armies history has ever known. Despite landing under the cover of darkness, the Anzacs were met with immediate bombardment and gunfire. On the shores of Gallipoli, the Australian and New Zealand armies fought for eight months forcing a stalemate. Eight thousand Anzac soldiers lost their lives before the Allies called for an evacuation.

While the operation itself was not a success, the valour and determination shown by Anzacs, the “Knights of Gallipoli,” were immediately commemorated in Australia, London, and even at the Allies’ camp in Egypt in 1916. Parades and ceremonies were held in their honour, and even those who were wounded in combat were a part of the parade while they were still recovering.

By the 1920s, the day had become a way to memorialize the sixty thousand Australian soldiers who died in the First World War. By the next decade, all Australian states had a form of celebration for Anzac Day, and many of the traditions we still carry out today had already taken shape. Forevermore, the 25th of April would be known as the day Australia arrived as a force in the world.”

Source from Journalist – Phillip, F. E. Schuler – “Australia in Arms”

Previous memorial service in Hungary:

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2013/04/28/chapter2-anzac-day-commemoration-at-solymar-2013-hungary/

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2013/04/28/chapter3-rossmoyne-senior-high-scholl-at-the-anzac-day-commemoration-2013-hungary/

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2013/04/26/anzac-day-commemoration-commonwealth-war-cemetery-solymar-hungary/

https://rollinginbudapest.com/2012/04/25/anzac-day-in-hungary-25th-of-april-2012/

Update Aggie Reiter

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on 25/04/2018 at 09:57

    Thank you Aggie for your beautifully compiled article on Anzac Day and it’s background and meaning, I’m sure any expat Aussies will be feeling very nostalgic when they read your work….I am Australian and attended the memorial service today as I do annually and each year the numbers increase with families bringing their children along so they develop an understanding the importance of the occasion…..The dear old diggers are now few but they manage to attend despite their disabilities because to them their mates from so long ago are mates for life.We should never underestimate the sacrifices they made to keep their country safe and I’m sure future generations will still look at the photos, dusty and brown and be proud their ancestors are honoured every April 25.

    Lest we Forget.

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