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

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The religious commemoration service was a stumbling block in the efforts to unite Australians on Anzac Day because it was unacceptable to Catholics, who represented over one fifth of the population.
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ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to commemorate all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Addressing the crowds, Alexander Downer, Australian high commissioner to the UK, said: "When we reflect on Anzac Day we imagine the Gallipoli landings, what it must have been like, at dawn on the water, in sight of that rugged shoreline - and a collectively held breath, a leaden silence about to be broken.
Summary: ANZAC Day honours Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives in combat
This was also an era characterised by a rapid growth in 'battlefield heritage', particularly at Gallipoli, Kokoda and the Somme, with attendance at Anzac Day ser vices in situ at Anzac Cove and at parallel events in Australia, on the rise (Sumartojo, 2015).
TEHRAN (FNA)- A 19-year-old in Melbourne is charged with allegedly planning to mount an explosive on a kangaroo, paint it with an ISIL symbol and "set it loose" on police officers during Anzac Day in April 2015, local media report.
Melbourne Magistrates' Court ordered Sevdet Ramadan Besim, 19, to stand trial accused of planning an Isis-inspired attack at an Anzac Day ceremony last year, which included targeting police officers.
He stands accused of plotting attacks on remembrance services in Melbourne or the nearby city of Dandenong to mark the annual April 25 commemoration of the 1915 Gallipoli landings in Turkey, also known as Anzac Day.
Since then I have looked for some memorial to this action each Anzac Day without finding out anything more.
Anzac Day was the chosen date because of "its importance to Australia and its people" when those who died in conflict are honoured, the court heard.
A 14-YEAR-OLD British boy who came within days of successfully plotting an Anzac Day terror "massacre" in Australia is expected to be sentenced today.