Rani Middleton

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Memorial Day, Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day: How 9 Other Countries Remember Their Fallen Troops

Americans remember the men and women of its armed forces who have died in service every year on Memorial Day, always the last Monday in May. …

What would alternatives to Anzac day look like?

Historian Benedict Anderson wrote that nations are imagined communities, and the stories told about Australia lean heavily on Anzac Day, which is often seen as a kind of national birth or baptism.<p>In a 2012 speech adorned with the usual clichés, Julia Gillard concluded that the soldiers at Gallipoli …

Let us bring the Anzac spirit home

My family, like so many others around Australia, was directly affected by conflict. My father served in New Guinea in the second world war. He didn’t talk much about what he had been through, and often spent Anzac day alone in his shed. In 1995, 50 years after that war ended, I wrote him a letter …

Debunking the Anzac myth starts with the stories we tell our children

As the centenary of the first world war approaches, our children will hear an awful lot of stories about glorious Australian battlefield victories, dignified defeats, superhuman courage and sacrifice.<p>But they will learn a whole lot less about a more pervasive, ugly, disturbing truth: that mostly …

In the Anzac centenary, it's time to honour Australia’s forgotten soldiers

The federal government is about to spend at least $145m on commemorating the centenary of Anzac. About $8m of it will be dedicated to upgrading war graves and memorials in Australia and on foreign battlefields.<p>Given how much is about to be spent, I’d like to stop for a moment and consider which …

Black Diggers: challenging Anzac myths

A century after the first world war, Australia has come to eulogise its Anzac diggers for their supposedly unique capacity for mateship, resilience, egalitarianism and sacrifice.<p>In the broad Australian consciousness, they have also been defined as white and of European Christian extraction – the …

A legacy born from loss

The Navy footprint in Rabaul is all but gone, with the first major Centenary of Anzac commemorations over, but memories of the two services held …

Australia

100 year bond never broken

HMA Ships <i>Sirius</i> <i></i>and <i>Arunta,</i> and HMNZS <i>Te Kaha</i> rendezvoused in Bass Strait during their passage to Albany, Western Australia, for the centenary of Anzac …

New Zealand

As it happened: Albany's Anzac centenary commemorations

One hundred years ago on Saturday, dozens of ships carrying Anzac troops left Albany in southern Western Australia bound for the battlefields of …