This week I had the great priviledge to be in Canberra, Australia on ANZAC Day. If you’re not familiar, ANZAC Day is a national holiday in Australia and New Zealand and observed throughout the British Commonwealth. It originally commemorated the Australia New Zealand Army Corps landings and subsequent battles at Gallipoli, Turkey during the First World War, but has grown over the last hundred years to be a commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand veterans of all wars. For Americans, it’s like a combination of Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.
Just like in the rest of the British Commonwealth, people wear a red poppy on their lapel to remind them of Flanders Field–a solemn poem about the rows and rows of graves at Flanders after a terrible battle like the poppies covering the field. For ANZAC Day, the Aussies add a sprig of rosemary to remind them of Gallipoli.
I was impressed by the way all Australians fully participated in the commemorations, especially the crowds who attended early morning ceremonies all over Australia and abroad. After the solemn ceremonies, of course, came the celebrations at homes, parks, and pubs.
Finally, whenever I work with the Aussies I’m reminded what a great friend we have in them. They are earnest allies, and have been valuable partners with us in peace and war since the First World War. This week’s link around is dedicated to them!
A listing of US treaty allies (notice where most of them are–hint: it’s not Europe)
Mickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.
Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and blogs.