Guest blog by Jonathan Moake, Library
On the morning of 25th of April 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Since that day, Australians and New Zealanders have gathered to remember and show gratitude to the men and women who fought, and in many cases died, far from home.
ANZAC Day however is about not only commemorating Gallipoli, World War One and World War Two. It also remembers New Zealand service members who have served in all the subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping efforts. It remembers those personnel who continue to serve in distant locations to this very day.
New Zealanders have taken part in over 50 different operations since the end of World War Two. These have ranged from large conflicts in Malaysia and Vietnam, peacekeeping in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and Timor Este to individuals working as part of small multinational peacekeeping groups.
There are approximately 41,000 kiwi veterans, nearly 30,000 of these veterans have served as peacekeepers. New Zealand currently has over 250 service members in 11 different operations across the globe.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to these brave citizens who represented their country and strove to help others in often difficult and dangerous circumstances. This ANZAC Day I urge you to consider their sacrifice.
Lest we forget.
You may like to take this opportunity to spend some time in The Memorial Garden at Ara, which was opened by our CEO Tony Gray in February. “In the days ahead I hope all at Ara and our many visitors can experience this garden and reflect on the remembrance images and words inscribed on the pillars, recalling the sacrifice of all past students and staff in the service of their country, ” said Tony.
The chosen pillar designs are the work of our Ara Art and Design students – Abby Marriott, Madison McPherson and Grace Duval – along with Ara alumnus and artist Dallas Matoe. Their designs are cut into the six weathered Corten steel pillars that mark out the garden, and at night they are lit internally from above.
Wanting to view some movies and documentaries about ANZAC forces, eTV has some resources available, such as Anzacs in the Face of War and The Dick Henderson Story for Ara students and staff to access.
Please also note that all Ara Libraries will be closed today, Wednesday 25th April but normal after hours access will apply to campuses.