This year marks the 102nd anniversary of Australian and New Zealand forces landing at the Gallipoli peninsula on 25 April 1915. Since then Anzac Day has been a day of remembrance on which we commemorate all those who have sacrificed so much in conflicts since that fateful day – especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of their nation.
Because of the significance of Anzac day, it is encouraging to see the growing participation of Australians, both young and old, many of whom have served themselves or wish to honour the service of their kin. Proudly wearing your own service medals or those of your ancestors is one of the most appropriate ways in which to commemorate and celebrate the Anzac Spirit.
Since military medals are usually regarded as family heirlooms, many of us may be vaguely aware of medals stashed away in cupboards and drawers for safekeeping, knowing little about their significance or how to wear and display them appropriately. Here are some frequently asked questions about wearing your ancestor’s medals on Anzac Day:
Frequently Asked Questions