Anzac Day

Anzac Day - Friday, April 25, 2025

International Historical Military

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.

Every country has a day that commemorates those who fight and die to protect their freedom, their traditions, and their homes. For Australia and New Zealand, there’s Anzac Day, a moment of remembrance for all those who have served their country with distinction, especially those who never made it home. No matter where in the world you live, the fallen soldiers of nations everywhere deserve your respect and admiration, so on Anzac Day take some time to learn about the part that these countries played in the world’s wars, and remember them with honor.

History of Anzac Day

To understand the history of Anzac Day, it is important to know that Anzac stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps,” from which the term for one of their soldiers, an Anzac, comes from. The date of celebration for this day of remembrance is set to the anniversary of the war that first had major casualties among their forces. As a result, both New Zealand and Australia hold this day in high regard and celebrate it with all due solemnity every year.

In 1916 the first Anzac Day was celebrated in Adelaide, South Australia, which also holds the first memorial that was ever built to commemorate this holiday. The commemoration only became more important as the years wore on and World War II came to pass, leading to the death of more soldiers all over the world. These aren’t the only wars these fantastic men and women have fought, they also fight for the rights of women, gay rights, and more, initially inspired by the mistreatment of civilian women by soldiers in other cultures.

How to celebrate Anzac Day

If you don’t happen to be in the Australian/New Zealand part of the world, then it may leave you wondering not just how, but why you should celebrate Anzac Day. It is a tragedy of most countries education that we do not fully recognize the parts that other military had to play in the world’s history of wars. Every country has men and women who risk their lives and die in defense of their country, and whether they were friends or enemies, holidays like this remind us that at the end of the day we’re all people on the same planet, with friends and family who sacrifice to send their sons and daughters to war.

How to Observe Anzac Day

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Honor

    These warriors embody courage and sacrifice on the battlefield and demonstrate what it means to truly serve a country.

  3. "Mateship"

    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.

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