On 25 April every year, communities throughout Australia gather to pay homage to Australia's servicemen and women, and to the nation and ideals they helped create and continue to uphold. On this day we remember the sacrifice made by those original ANZACs (the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) who landed at Gallipoli in 1915.
The actions of the ANZACs during the campaign left a powerful legacy, most prominently the creation of the ‘ANZAC legend’ – mateship, honour, courage and humour – which became an important part of the identity of both nations.
ANZAC Day services contribute to a deeper understanding of what it means to be Australian, and honour those who have served for Australia. It is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
Commemorative activities include: