02 April 2018

ANZAC Day 2018 - Join Us in Supporting the Cause!


Because Mainfreight is a New Zealand owned company and we have many Kiwis and Aussies in our organization, it’s a great opportunity to acknowledge a New Zealand and Australian tradition and, at the same time, honor the Soldiers and Veterans of the USA.

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance for New Zealand and Australian Veterans and Fallen Heroes, and is an important day on the Australian and New Zealand calendar.  

To acknowledge the day we would like to support US Troops with a donation of Trail Mix.  If you make a donation of Trail Mix, Granola Bars or Protein Bars ON WEDNESDAY APRIL, 25th  you will be offered a Poppy to wear, which is the symbol of Anzac Day.


Below is the Organization we are supporting.  Team LAX, NSC and EWR have supported them for 3 years with donations of trail mix, and we are adding more branches to the mix this year. Take a minute to check out their website, they are doing some amazing things to support the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq:

Help a Hero!!!

This is the Nonprofit organization collecting trail mix donations to send to US platoons on April 25th, 2018 in remote and hostile locations.


To Learn More:

Go to www.tipofthespear.org

To Contribute:

Find a participating Mainfreight Branch near you by emailing Michelle King at michelle.king@mainfrieghtusa.com


What ANZAC Day is About:

This day commemorates all New Zealanders and Australians killed in war and also honors returned service men and women.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the “ANZACs” – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.  The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders. Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8500 Australians, 2779 New Zealanders, about a fifth of those who served on Gallipoli.  It does not seem like a lot but at the time Australia had a population of 5 million people, and New Zealand had a population of 1 million people. Therefore, it was a large percentage of the able-bodied adult men.


While the Gallipoli Campaign may have led to a military defeat, for many New Zealanders and Australians then and since, the Gallipoli landings meant the beginning of something else – a feeling that New Zealand and Australia had a role as distinct nations, even as they fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.


Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since then. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, remain rich in tradition and ritual befitting a military funeral.

This year in Los Angeles, a memorial service will be held in the Los Angeles National Cemetery at 9am on Sunday, April 22 (along with 4 other services on the West Coast and others around the country).


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