On 25 April of every year it is ANZAC Day in Australia and marks marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. The campaign dragged on for eight months and by the end of it over 8,000 Australian and 2500 New Zealender soldiers had been killed.
ANZAC Day first took place at the end of World War 2 and now also recognises Australia’s losses of life in other conflicts since 1915.
ANZAC Day has become a day of national remembrance which begins with Dawn Commemorative services which was the time of the original landing in 1915 and later in the day servicemen and women take part in marches in cities and towns all across the Country.
I didn’t really know much about ANZAC Day until I got to Australia last year but being from the UK and recognising and respecting Armistice Day on 11 November and Remembrance Sunday each year I wanted to make sure that I learnt what it means because it is such an important day.
It is amazing to see the respect that is given to ANZAC Day by everyone here and it definitely brings home just what our Armed Forces do every day to keep us safe.