Anzac Day

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Anzac Day

April 25
A national holiday in Australia and New Zealand, Anzac Day takes its name from the initial letters of "Australia and New Zealand Army Corps." It commemorates the landing of the Anzac troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula in European Turkey on April 25, 1915, during World War I. Like Memorial Day in the U.S., this day is celebrated with veterans' parades and church services. Observed as a holiday since 1920, Anzac Day now honors those who have died in both world wars as well as in Korea and Vietnam.
CONTACTS:
Anzac Day Commemoration Committee of Queensland
P.O. Box 391
Aspley, QLD 4034 Australia
61-7-3263-7118; fax: 61-7-3263-7118
www.anzacday.org.au
History and Heritage Units, Ministry for Culture and Heritage
P.O. Box 5364
Wellington, New Zealand
64-4-471-4027; fax: 64-4-499-4490
www.nzhistory.net.nz
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 68
BkHolWrld-1986, Apr 25
DictDays-1988, p. 4
OxYear-1999, p. 174

Celebrated in: Australia, New Zealand, Niue, Tonga