25th of April – ANZAC Day

Anzac Day is a really remarkable and important day not only for Australians and New Zealanders, but for a lot of people and historians around the globe. It is on the 25 of April. It commemorates Australian and New Zealand soldiers who were killed in war and honors returned and serving servicemen and women.

The date marks the anniversary of the first landing of Australian and New Zealand soldiers – the ANZACS – on the Gallipoli Peninsula – Turkey in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles and open a sea route to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea

Thousands of souls have been lost during the Gallipoli campaign: 87,000 Ottoman Turks, 44,000 from French men and British Empire, including 8500 Australians. Among those who died were 2779 New Zealanders

They may have ended in military defeat, but for many New Zealanders then and since, the Gallipoli landings marked that New Zealand was becoming a strong and respected nation, even as it fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire, they are strong and Just to the rightful causes and to themselves and their sons and families.

ANZAC Day was first observed in 1916 as the First landing. The day has faced a lot of changes. For instance, the ceremonies that are held at war memorials in New Zealand and Australia, and in places overseas where all families and friends gather, are now modeled on a military funeral and remain rich in traditions and rituals. Such change has made the yearly commemoration more attractive and yet vivid to the military life and incidents that happened with those soldiers.

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