ANZAC Day - 100 Years On
So why do we remember Gallipoli?
A century ago, Christchurch’s 18-year-old girls signed up to become nurses and headed for the front lines. They did everything they could to assist soldiers suffering from gas poisoning, amputated limbs, terrible wounds, or just make them comfortable before they died.
By 1918 and the end of the first World War there wasn’t a single person in New Zealand who had not been affected. It was an event that touched everyone.
Compare the 18 year olds of 100 years ago to the Christchurch teenagers of today. It’s likely some will be finishing high school and thinking about university or polytech. Lots know what they want to do with their lives and will set out to achieve it! Others have no idea and might take some time figuring out what to do next. In 1918 those Christchurch teenagers would have been in similar positions of deciding what to do with their lives. Today we have these options available to us, while in 1918 they didn’t.
Those teenagers had their lives interrupted by a global conflict. People they had never met, argued over places they hadn’t heard about, and decided sending their youth into battle was the best way to resolve those differences.
At 6:30am on April 25th it will be cold. It might be wet. Getting out of your warm bed early in the morning to make it to Christchurch’s Cranmer Square will seem like a real sacrifice. Whether you go to the Dawn Service, one of the other commemorative ANZAC services around Christchurch, or just enjoy the holiday, that’s ok! You have a choice.
That’s why we commemorate ANZAC Day, and remember our country’s greatest military failure. To sincerely thank those brave men and women 100 years ago, and through every conflict since for their sacrifice and for giving us a choice.
The Heat Pumps NOW team will be at Cranmer Square on ANZAC Day, and we hope to see you there.