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** The Anzac Day tradition **

· What is Anzac Day?
· What does ANZAC stand for?
· Why is this day special to Australians?
· Early commemorations
· What does it mean today?
· The Dawn Service
· The National Ceremony
· Features of a commemorative ceremony

*What is Anzac Day?*

Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national
occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action
fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

*What does ANZAC stand for?*

_ANZAC_ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in
those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in
that name endures to this day.

*Why is this day special to Australians?*

When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federated nation for only
13 years, and its government was eager to establish a reputation among the
nations of the world. When Britain declared war in August 1914 Australia
was automatically placed on the side of the Commonwealth. In 1915
Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set
out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to
the allied navies. The ultimate objective


Source: www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac-tradition


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Anzac Day - Wikipedia

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** Anzac Day **

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Anzac Day
Dawn service gnangarra 03.jpgAnzac Day Dawn Service at Kings Park, Western
Australia, 25 April 2009, 94th anniversary
Observed by Australia
New Zealand
Type Commemorative, patriotic, historic
Significance National day of remembrance and first landing of the Anzacs at
Gallipoli
Observances Dawn services, commemorative marches, remembrance services
Date 25 April
Next time *25 April 2017* (2017-04-25)
Frequency Annual
Related to Remembrance Day (Commonwealth of Nations),
Armistice Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day

*Anzac Day* /ˈænzæk/ is a national day of remembrance in Australia
and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New
Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping
operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have
served."^[1]^[2] Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally
to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)
who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, and
Tonga, and previously also as a national holiday in Papua New Guinea and
Samoa.^[3]^[4]

*Contents*

· 1 History

· 1.1 Gallipoli campaign
· 1.2 Foundations of Anzac Day
· 1.3 Anzac Day since World War II
· 1.4 Revival

· 2 Dawn service
· 3 Commemoration

· 3.1 Australia

· 3.1.1 Australian postage stamps
· 3.1.2 Australian football
· 3.1.3 Rugby League football

· 3.2 New Zealand
· 3.3 Turkey
· 3.4 Other overseas ceremonies

· 3.4.1 Antarctica
· 3.4.2 Belgium
· 3.4.3 Canada
· 3.4.4 Cyprus
· 3.4.5 Egypt
· 3.4.6 United


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day

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