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Anzac Day 2019

What to do in Sydney on Anzac Day, 25th April 2019. So many choices…

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  • Watch the ANZAC day dawn service at The Cenotaph on Sydney’s Martin Place beginning at 4.30am. Thousands will gather in the pre-dawn darkness to honour fallen soldiers.
  • Line the streets to witness the Anzac Day March which will commence at 0900hrs at Elizabeth Street and Martin Place. Participants will march south along Elizabeth Street.
  • Raise a glass or two in a pub or RSL and play the game of chance ‘two-up’

ANZAC day is a public holiday for Australians to come together and pay tribute to the first ANZACs and to all the brave servicemen and women who have since followed in their footsteps.

The word ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces in World War I quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

Australian servicemen and women, veterans and family members march in the Anzac Day March, grandchildren participate in the parade with their grandparent’s war medals proudly displayed. People line the street and watch the parade go by.

It is a day for ‘Aussies’ to get together with family and friends, barbecues are held across the nation, Anzac biscuits are baked in homes and the game of chance ‘two up’ is played in pubs and clubs across Australia.

What’sTwo-up?

Two-up is only legal on Anzac Day, bringing veterans and other keen punters together in one heart-racing flip of three coins.

Before 2012, two-up was technically illegal in Queensland, but the boys in blue often turned a blind eye on April 25.

The traditional Australian gambling game was played by diggers to take their minds off the war going on around them and is traditionally played at RSL Clubs

Rules -Two up involves a designated ‘spinner’ placing two or three coins tail-up on a skip before tossing them into the air.

The head-side of each coin is polished, while the tail is left dark, so it is clear to everyone in the room if the coin lands heads or tails.

A ‘ringie’ volunteers to make sure the coins fly at least 10ft into the air.

The ringie can call a ‘foul toss’ and catch one of the coins if they feel the coins did not fly high enough.

Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both (obverse) heads up, both (reverse) tails up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail (known as odds).

On a personal note, one of my grandfather’s survived the Gallipoli offensive only to be killed in France. My other grandfather came back from World War I a changed man, with a bullet wound in the side of his head, that my mother said: “ she could ‘put her finger into”. He died as a result of his wounds. My father served in World War II as an engineer. His skills were needed in Australia, each Anzac Day he would become very quiet, I think he was remembering his friends that went overseas and died. He never spoke about it.

For more information visit
http://rslnsw.org.au/commemoration/
https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day/traditions
For places to play two- up in Sydney visit – https://www.timeout.com/sydney/bars/where-to-play-two-up-on-anzac-day

Contributor – Wandering Denise