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#1 yabbadabbadoo

Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:44 AM

Just wondering what you normally do on ANZAC day?  We don"t normally do anything much, unless it is a long weekend and we are away. One of DS's friend's parents was talking about having his birthday party that day and I couldn't decide if I thought it was inappropriate or nor.  I guess I would've ok with it in the afternoon, but perhaps not so ok with it if it was in the morning.  Do you have strong feelings about ANZAC day?

#2 ampersand

Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:53 AM

I don't find it inappropriate at all. Presumably they're not planning to hold it during the dawn service. None of the ex-servicemen in my family would even blink at the idea.

#3 SCARFACE CLAW

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:03 AM

I think that's fine, though preferably in the afternoon (as the services / parades are in the morning, and gives people a chance to visit the cemetery etc). Around here the shops open at Midday I think, so I guess after that anything goes original.gif

#4 For Fox Sake

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:51 AM

I'm going interstate to watch my dad march in the parade.
then we'll probably find ourselves drunk by lunchtime on the
RAAF base that I grew up on. original.gif

#5 Fez83

Posted 13 April 2012 - 02:59 AM

It's my DD1's 7th birthday so we are going ten pin bowling with a few school friends and family original.gif

#6 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:50 AM

Fine for the afternoon.

I know a lot of people go to the parades with kids, which I think is important but there's no reason not to get together with friends too.

#7 The Falcon

Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:08 AM

I don't find it disrespectful, though I can understand why some do, and I do have a lot of respect for the diggers.

We always find a game of 2up on ANZAC day... its fun and a nice way to soak up some of the vibe

#8 MintyBiscuit

Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:38 AM

We normally attend a bit of a family reunion and participate in a dawn service and march. This year we'll be staying at home as DS isn't up for the travel (7 hour drive), although we may be going to a friend's place for a catch up BBQ.

In future years we'll be continuing with this family tradition, and one year when DS is older we'll probably stay in Sydney and attend the service in Martin Place

I don't think having a birthday party is disrespectful, and my grandfather was a WWII veteran and attended the big march in Sydney every year until he was physically unable. I know a lot of people who treat ANZAC day as just another public holiday and a great excuse to start their drinking in the morning - I find that far more disrespectful

#9 ~Elphaba~

Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:55 AM

I always go to the dawn service.

I spend the day doing whatever I want to, and enjoying the freedoms all the vets fought to give us. I raise a glass to the fallen, the wounded, and the safely returned.

And I am also a great granddaughter of a vet who went through hell, and daughter of a Vietnam vet who won't talk about it. Ever. And I'm ex military myself.

#10 3_wombats

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:00 AM

QUOTE (Sassy Girl @ 13/04/2012, 06:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I do find it inappropriate and disrespectful then again I am the Grand Daughter of a veteran that was lucky enough to survive being a POW on the Burma Thai Railway and also Changi.


It's hardly the child's fault that their birthday is on Anzac Day.  It's like saying we shouldn't allow people who's birthdays coincide with Easter celebrate as it's disrespectful to Jesus.

#11 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:06 AM

Growing up we always went to the Dawn Service and then spent the day at the barracks (my Dad was a Solidier). Nowadays my DH will always go to the dawn service and I will too depending on the kids and stuff and that is about it. Usually watch the broadcasts on TV. This year we were thinking about taking the kids in to see the parade in the city.

#12 PrincessPeach

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:06 AM

If it's in the afternoon then it would be ok.

As PP have said, Dawn service & the parades are all held in the morning.

My dad is a vietnam vet as well & he refuses to acknowledge the day, yet his father (who served in WWII) & my mothers grandfather (served in WWI) would always  celebrate the day with their mates from their unit at their local RSL.

#13 Harlekijn engel

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:08 AM

At least Easter moves so it's not on your birthday every year....(spoken as one who finds the years her birthday is on Good Friday particularly annoying!)

I spend ANZAC day steadfastly ignoring all observances.  In the last several years I've often worked (although, for those who are frowning at the shops opening, note that I'm not in retail!).  But I don't know that I'd hold a party - my choice not to observe the day is my choice; I wouldn't want to impinge on something important to others.

#14 **Xena**

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:18 AM

I don't find it disrespectful.

I do like to reflect on ANZAC day about how horrific and horrible war is and mourn the loss of those that were killed (Australians, Turks, everyone) but I wouldn't see a problem with going to a party, especially in the afternoon.

#15 TheGreenSheep

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:31 AM

DH always does dawn service and or the march. The kids also attend either with him as well.

There is always a party to attend each year as there is an Anzac birthday in our family, but we do it as dinner so that we can observe and remember in the mornings.

#16 SUSIE25

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:37 AM

QUOTE
It's hardly the child's fault that their birthday is on Anzac Day


DS and I celebrate our Anzac Day birthdays together every year on the actual day.


#17 CubaLulu

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:38 AM

QUOTE (~Elphaba~ @ 13/04/2012, 08:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I always go to the dawn service.

I spend the day doing whatever I want to, and enjoying the freedoms all the vets fought to give us. I raise a glass to the fallen, the wounded, and the safely returned.

And I am also a great granddaughter of a vet who went through hell, and daughter of a Vietnam vet who won't talk about it. Ever. And I'm ex military myself.


Yep, this is me. I watch the dawn service or attend one if my Dad is in the state with me. I then have a big cry during the Last Post (gets to me every time) and then I spend the day thinking of everything my Dad and Grandfather went through and how lucky I am that I didn't have to watch any of my brothers/friends go off to war and never return when we were in our early 20's.

My Dad, however, is very vocal about his Viet Nam experience. He's even written several books on the subject. It's interesting how different people cope.


#18 Bluenomi

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:43 AM

DH always watches the AFL since they always have an ANZAC day match. I'll probably sit around the house enjoying the fact I'm not at work. I might leave DD with DH and use the afternoon as an excuse to get some clothes shopping done without her around to 'help'.

#19 Julie3Girls

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

We don't do anything in particular regarding Anzac day. We do talk about it, will turn the parades on and talk to the girls about it. The school always does an Anzac service at school on the nearest school day, so the girls know about it.

The party .. wouldn't bother me at all, as long as it is in the afternoon. Why would it be disrespectful to spend time in the afternoon enjoying those freedoms that our servicemen and women fight to protect.

#20 SnazzyFeral

Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

We tend to stay at home because DP always ends up being abused (He is Asian) and now that we have DS I really don't want my family exposed to that. So I would have no problem with a birthday party because apart from when we went  to Gallipoli ANZAC day has always been about racism for us so we tend not to observe it anyway.

#21 Fossy

Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:08 AM

We go to the march, then do brunch, then the footy!! I love ANZAC day.  It's always great seeing so many people out supporting our servicemen and women.

#22 BadgerBasher

Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:19 AM

We'll be off to the dawn service in Kings Park, then probably home for sleeps and food. Dinner will probably be at mums, and it will be full of all things delicious.

#23 ampersand

Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:29 AM

That's terribly sad, SnazzySass. I'm very sorry you experience this.

#24 **Xena**

Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:59 AM

QUOTE (SnazzySass @ 13/04/2012, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We tend to stay at home because DP always ends up being abused (He is Asian) and now that we have DS I really don't want my family exposed to that. So I would have no problem with a birthday party because apart from when we went  to Gallipoli ANZAC day has always been about racism for us so we tend not to observe it anyway.


Wow I'm so sorry your family experiences this. Some poeple are such ignorant twats!

To me ANZAC day is a day of commemoration for the soldiers and to me that means all soldiers, no matter where they came from, who lost their lives and/or saw and experienced horrors they shouldn't have.

#25 ~Elphaba~

Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

QUOTE (SnazzySass @ 13/04/2012, 10:20 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We tend to stay at home because DP always ends up being abused (He is Asian) and now that we have DS I really don't want my family exposed to that. So I would have no problem with a birthday party because apart from when we went  to Gallipoli ANZAC day has always been about racism for us so we tend not to observe it anyway.


Does this sort of crap really still happen???  Half  of the people I served with were of Asian or other non Caucasian ancestry. That's pathetic. I'm so sorry.




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