A national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice.
Australia was a young nation and the courage and character shown by Australians at Gallipoli was quickly recognised and honored back home.
The Battle of Gallipoli resonated profoundly among all nations involved. ANZAC Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand each year on April 25 (8,159 Australian soldiers and 2,721 New Zealand soldiers died at Gallipoli). The battle is often considered to mark the birth of the national consciousness of each nation, replacing their former collectivised identity under the British Empire.
The song is timeless and honours the memory of those who have died in the service and defence of Australia in war. The marching theme of the song is especially powerful and supports the spirit of ANZAC Day. The song does not glorify war or endorse conflict of any kind. The song simply highlights the sacrifice of many Australians who died in the service of their country.
The song has been used for commemorative purposes across Australia by schools, churches, choirs, bands, councils, retirement homes, military services, RSL branches and ANZAC tributes at NRL & AFL matches.
GALLIPOLI 1915 – 2015, 100 Years – The 100th anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli (April 25, 2015) will be a significant commemorative event for Australia. It has been stated that how we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign will set the tone of Anzac Day commemorations for the next 100 years.