Anzac Day In Australia (1940) newsreel
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The first Anzac Day of the war was seen very much as a passing of the torch from the original AIF to the Second AIF. In this newsreel footage, we see troops, World War I veterans and police marching through crowd-lined streets to commemorate Anzac Day in Sydney, 1941. This film would have been shown at cinemas throughout Australia. British Pathé FILM ID: 1045.05
There's one day in the Australian calendar that is never forgotten, when a nation remembers its heroes of the past, when the diggers march again. 25 years ago, on the shell-torn slopes of Gallipoli, they made their countrymen a nation, and they are not alone. Invisible armies march with this Brotherhood. The armies of Australia who fell in battle. In honour of those comrades, Sydney pays tribute. But memories of the past mingle with determination for the future. With the news that the second contingent of the AIF has landed in Egypt, listen to our Australian commentator: "Now a new AIF answers the nation's call. Young Australia in the power and the glory of its manhood, and so it dedicates itself. Take up our quarrel with the foe, who you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high." Lest we forget.