Every year on 25 April, Australians and Kiwis commemorate soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) who have fought in wars throughout history. Originally held to remember the victims of the devastating WWI Gallipoli offensive, the day has since become a memorial for all soldiers who have served in combat up until the present day.
If you ask a handful of Australians how they feel about ANZAC Day, you will likely hear many conflicting answers. Some believe this memorial day glorifies war, while others seem to feel it’s entirely appropriate to do so. Others, myself included, feel that ANZAC Day is a sad and sobering reminder of the horrors of war.
These issues and many more will be debated at a Wheeler Centre event to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 30 April. ‘Intelligence Squared Debates: Anzac Day is More Puff Than Substance‘ will feature a panel of five, including a war journalist (arguing against the proposition) and a former soldier (arguing for it).
If you’re interested in learning more about the effect that war has had on Australian culture, this event should be worth catching. Tickets are $20 full price or $12 for a concession. Bookings can be made online.
For more information about the coming Anzac Day events, visit the Shrine of Remembrance website.
Date: 30 April 2013
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Damage: $20 full / $12 concession