ANZAC Day is the day that we remember those who fought and died in all wars. Each year on the 25th of April we remember, in particuliar, the landing on Gallipoli in 1915 and honour the spirit of the original ANZACs. This spirit, with its human qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.
On ANZAC Day the service and sacrifice of veterans is acknowledged in ceremonies held all over the world and the ever-growing attendances testify to ANZAC Day's significance to all Australians and New Zealanders, and more recently Brits, Irish and Europeans alike.
ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing - it is the day we remember all soldiers who served and died in all wars. conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
THE ORIGIN OF ANZAC DAY
ANZAC stands for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps"
ANZAC Day commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops on the shores of Gallipoli at ANZAC Cove on 25 April, 1915. The Australian and New Zealand soldiers were part of a largely British force that also contained troops from France, India, Ireland and Newfoundland. On the 25th April the allies began an attack on the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey), which was fighting on Germany's side. This action began an eight-month campaign in which tens of thousands of soldiers lost their lives and thousands more were injured. The campaign ended with the evacuation of all allied troops in January 1916. Although the Gallipoli campaign was unsuccessful, every year, on the anniversary of the landing, we honour the courage of those who fought and commemorate the sacrifice of those who died during the campaign. On this day - ANZAC Day - we also commemorate those who fought and lost their lives in all wars.