The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzac's [wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day]
For more details on the origin of the day please go read the blog of Major Pain (One Marine's View) who has written a great blog entry "The ANZAC Day tradition - Lest we forget" - you can read it HERE
And every year just before ANZAC day our veterans and military can be seen selling Poppy pins and commemorative badges; and our stores sell ANZAC biscuits (check the link for the recipe). I try to get at least a poppy pin and one other to wear on my blazer. This year my parents gave me the Rising Sun badge below that I will treasure.
I have two slightly smaller slouch hat pins that I will be sending to my Downrange USA adoptee's. I am hoping they will value them (sending the smaller ones via the post means - I hope - that it won't freak the USA/Military mail people out too much. Seems metal in the mail = EEEK!!!)
And I have the Slouch Hat Badge above (stick pin version) that I would love to give away to a reader of this blog.
Contest rules - you need to make a comment in this blog saying you would like to be in the draw. In a week's time I will write every one's names on a strip of paper and have a friend draw one from a hat.
Entrants can be ANYWHERE in the world (Downrange, Australia, New Zealand, USA etc) - the winner will be announced on my Blog and they will be required to supply me with a contact email so I can obtain their mail address. They will have 1 week to contact me or a redraw will occur.
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
- We will remember them.