Anzac Day

Anzac Day Quick Facts

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2020 Date:April 25, 2020
2021 Date:April 25, 2021
Anzac Day (AU & NZ)

Anzac Day History

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915, which was Australia and New Zealand's first major military battle fought during World War I.  On this day, Australians also remember all of the men and women who have died in military actions around the world.

Anzac Day is observed on April 25th in Australia and New Zealand every year. The first Anzac Day was held in 1916. It was marked by a variety of ceremonies and services across the nations that serve to remember the thousands of men and women who lost their lives during the war and subsequent military conflict.

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Anzac Day Facts

  • ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
  • In 1915, the ANZAC forces joined the allied ones, landing in Gallipoli on April 25th, 1915. Their intention was to conquer Constantinople, Turkey as it was a strong ally of Germany.
  • The most important tradition of ANZAC Day is the Dawn Service held in both New Zealand and Australia. Traditionally only attended by veteran's and current military, a stand to and two minutes of silence would be followed by a bugler blast, the Last Post, and completed with Reveille.
  • Over 8,000 Australians were killed in the battle at Gallipoli while about 2,800 New Zealanders lost their lives.
  • 60,000 Australians died during World War II. More than 18,000 New Zealanders died during the war.

Anzac Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the an Australian War Memorial in Campbell (suburb of  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory).
  • Place red poppies besides the names of family members contained on the Memorial Roll of Honor.
  • Watch a movie about the First World War: Our favorites: The Great War (2007), War Horse (2011), The Trench (1999), In Love and War (1996) and Admiral (2008).
  • Fly the National Flag at half mast.
  • Lay a wreath at an Australian War Memorial.

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