Anzac Day’s one of Australia and New Zealand’s most important and revered national occasions.
The acronym stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. This day marks the anniversary of the first major military action the countries’ forces fought during the World War I. With the many commemorative services and memorials available today April 25, Anzac Day is a time at which Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war, while honoring those who have given their lives for their country.
How to Observe Anzac Day
Attend a dawn service
Military forces favored the half-light of dawn for launching an attack. As a result, a dawn vigil became the basis for commemoration in several places after the war. Partake in this reflective tradition by attending a dawn service.
Visit a war memorial
Sometimes the best way to celebrate is through peace and solitude. Visit a war memorial to brush up on your history and learn the names of those who gave their lives.
Plan a trip to Gallipoli
Australian and New Zealand forces engaged in the Gallipoli military campaign on April 25, 1915, which became the original inspiration for the holiday. Visit the commemorative memorials and stunning battlefield sites for an eye-opening experience and learn why it helped foster a sense of national identity for New Zealand and Australia.
Why Anzac Day is Important
It's a day of remembrance
Anzac Day began as a day to honor those who lost their lives in World War I. Now it recognizes all veterans who have paid the ultimate price.
These warriors embody courage and sacrifice on the battlefield and demonstrate what it means to truly serve a country.
Mateship is an important Australian idiom that represents loyalty, companionship, and equality among people (especially men). Anzac Day honors the perseverance of military forces and the strength of their bond during hardship. The landings on the beach at Gallipoli remain a culturally defining moment for Australia and New Zealand.