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Anzac Day
Anzac Day
Anzac Day Dawn Service at Kings Park, Western Australia, 25 April 2009, 94th anniversary
Observed byMemorial services, memorial parades, public holiday
TypeCommemorative, patriotic, historic
SignificanceFirst landing of the Anzacs at Gallipoli
Date25 April
ObservancesMilitary parades, remembrance services
Related toRemembrance Day (Commonwealth of Nations),
Armistice Day, Veterans Day

Anzac Day is a day that happens once a year in Australia and New Zealand. It is celebrated by both countries on 25th April every year. It was to commemorate (honour) the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Now though, it celebrates all "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served."[1][2]

Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn, and Tonga. In the past, it was a national holiday in Papua New Guinea or Samoa.

References[change | change source]

  1. "ANZAC Day". Australian War Memorial. Archived from the original on 8 March 2005. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  2. "Anzac Day Today". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011.