ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day Day is held on April 25 and is the anniversary of the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign during WW1. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers died in the Gallipoli campaign, and even though the campaign was a failure, the ANZAC legend was formed. Australia was a young nation and the courage and character shown by Australians at Gallipoli was quickly recognised and honored back home.
April 25, 2015 marks the 100th year anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.
The ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice is a very important aspect of our national identity. Many Australians who lost their lives in war weren't thinking they could save the world or defeat evil regimes. As in the trenches of France, and the patrols in Vietnam, or on the Kokoda Track, Australians were looking after their mates alongside them. Many Australian veterans march on ANZAC Day in memory of their mates left behind, and the ones that have passed on before them. ANZAC Day is a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians lost in war and military conflicts. It is also a day when Australians can reflect on the many different meanings of war. Gatherings are held at war memorials across the country.
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