Today, 25 April 2012 Google have chosen to announce ANZAC DAY 2012 with an ANZAC Poppy underneath the Google logo. This is an interesting move by Google as holidays and special occasions are usually announced by the Google Logo itself and not underneath the Google Logo.
It may also be a discreet way to commemorate a special day or perhaps because of the
Zipper Google that were displayed on the 24th April 2012. Whatever the reason behind the “Anzac Day Poppy” at the bottom of the Google Doodle I am glad that Google have announced ANZAC DAY.
The ANZAC DAY poppy underneath the Google Doodle prompted me to investigate “ANZAC DAY”. ANZAC DAY is celebrated in Australia and in New-Zealand in remembrance of war veterans and soldiers whom have lost their lives fighting for their country.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn, and Tonga
ANZAC DAY REMEMBERENCE
When searching for the significance of ANZAC DAY, I have discovered the
which explains ANZAC DAY better than I can. Here is an extract from the RSA website:
Every year, with the passing of time, the number of veterans and those who lived through war grows smaller. But our remembrance is more than a salute to those who fought and those we lost. It’s a way of carrying forward the stories and ideals of our grandfathers and great grandfathers, and grandmothers, which are just as relevant in today’s world as they were then.
Remembrance pays tribute to the strength of character and ‘can-do’ attitude that built our society post-war. We intend to ensure the spirit of co-operation and pulling together, caring and sharing, and looking out for those less strong or less fortunate than ourselves is not lost in today’s society.
At RSAs across New Zealand we observe a moment of silence in memory of the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice and gave their lives in the service of our country.
On Anzac Day and other special anniversaries, we proudly wear poppies, and take part in remembrance services. – Source
Poppy Day happens on the Friday before Anzac Day. RSA volunteers exchange distinctive red poppies for a donation to the RSA Poppy Day appeal in support of veterans as well as ex-service people and their families in need.
The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made – both past and present. Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope.
Poppy Day has been a part of the New Zealand calendar since 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals.
ANZAC Day 25 April 2012 Google Doodle
Here is a image of the Google Doodle for Anzac Day 2012. Technically it is not a Google Doodle since it did not replace the Google Doodle.
Gideon Sundback 24 April 2012
If you have missed the Gideon Sundback Google Doodle visit the
page. On the page you will find information about Gideon Sundback, you can see the Google Doodle and also view a video about the Google Doodle.