Every year on April 25, Australia and New Zealand commemorate ANZAC Day as a national holiday.
This day is observed in honour of the soldiers from both nations who served in the First World War and perished, particularly during the 1915 Gallipoli campaign. A
ANZAC Day is observed today as a moment to honour all those who have served in the armed services and given their lives in the line of duty as well as to consider the effects of war on our societies.
The first ANZAC Day was observed on April 25, 1915, when Australian and New Zealand troops arrived on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.
Thousands of servicemen from both countries lost their lives during the tragic military war.
Despite this, the ANZACs’ (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) bravery and perseverance sparked a feeling of identity and pride in both nations.
Since then, ANZAC Day has evolved into a day of reflection on the effects of war on society as well as a day of remembering for all those who have served and died in the armed forces.
Numerous remembrance events are held on this day, including as dawn services, marches, and wreath-laying ceremonies.
Additionally, a lot of individuals wear red poppies as a reminder to remember.
The dawn service is arguably the most important ANZAC Day activity.
It usually features a solemn ceremony of commemoration, involving the laying of wreaths, the playing of the Last Post, and a minute of silence.
It is held at dawn to symbolise the moment when the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli.
Reflecting on the enduring effects of war on people and society is another opportunity provided by ANZAC Day.
The day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have served and the toll that war has on those who have been involved in it in terms of their physical and mental health.
It serves as a reminder of the importance of international harmony and understanding.
Younger generations have come to value ANZAC Day more and more as a chance to learn about the sacrifices made by older generations and to consider the principles of community, sacrifice, and service that guide Australian and New Zealand society.
For all those who have served in the armed forces and lost their lives, ANZAC Day serves as a day of reflection and remembering.
It is a chance to remember the ANZACs who served and died in the First World War and to consider the lasting effects that war has on society.
By observing this day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in service and reaffirm our dedication to the principles of sacrifice, service, and community.
Meanwhile, Australians from all walks of life gathered in a number of sites today to honour individuals who have defended the country in battles, wars, peacekeeping missions, and humanitarian aid efforts. More than 30,000 people attended the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to commemorate the 108th anniversary of the Anzac landings on Gallipoli in 1915.
Since the 1920s, every state and territory in Australia has observed Anzac Day as an official day of remembrance. Services have been performed on this day since 1916.
On Anzac Day, it has long been customary for Australians to travel to places where their countrymen have served.
On the Gallipoli Peninsula, memorials have been there since 1923.
Commemorative services on International Anzac Day were also held, with estimates of attendance as follows:
- Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Türkiye: 1,507 people
- Lone Pine Service, Gallipoli, Türkiye: 1,153 people
- Dawn Service, Australian National Memorial, France: 1,711 people
- Dawn Service, Hellfire Pass, Thailand: 1,213 people
- Dawn Service, Sandakan, Malaysia: 275 people
- Bomana War Cemetery service, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: 3,300 people
- Isurava Memorial service, Isurava, Papua New Guinea: 90 people
Media organisations are urged by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to show consideration for the emotional toll that Anzac Day has on veterans, their families, and those who are presently serving in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The DVA recommends that pertinent contact information for expert counselling services and resources for veterans be given when covering articles about Australia’s military history and its influence on the ADF.
Veterans and their families can receive free, private therapy and assistance through Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling Service.
They have a 24-hour hotline at 1800 011 046, and their website has more details.
Visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Portal to learn more about the history and significance of Anzac Day.
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