Anzac Day Dawn Service at Kings Park, Western Australia, 25 April 2009, 94th anniversary
|Observed by||Memorial services, memorial parades, public holiday|
|Type||Commemorative, patriotic, historic|
|Significance||First landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli|
|Observances||Military parades, remembrance services|
|Related to||Remembrance Day (Commonwealth of Nations),
Armistice Day, Veterans Day
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It is celebrated by both countries on 25 April every year. It is to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly celebrates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn, and Tonga. It is no longer observed as a national holiday in Papua New Guinea or Samoa. ANZAC day is a day Australia and New Zealand remembers and respects the soldiers who fought for our country and died in wars. These soldiers were known as Anzacs, ANZAC meaning Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is also celebrated in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn islands and Tonga although is no longer celebrated in Papua New Guinea or Samoa.