What is ANZAC Day?
ANZAC Day is the national day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders who have served in conflict, and an opportunity to reflect on the many different meanings of war. Held on 25 April each year, this Anzac Day marks the 101st anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915.
The ANZAC Spirit
The ANZAC spirit or ANZAC legend is the idea which suggests that Australian and New Zealand soldiers possess shared characteristics, and these qualities are believed to have be shown by the ‘diggers’ on the battlefield in World War I. Today, many believe Australians still invoke the ANZAC spirit in times of conflict, danger and hardship.
Ways we Commemorate
These days, thousands attend the many ANZAC Day dawn services, the time of the original landing, in towns all over the country and in places around the world.
After the dawn services, many head to the ANZAC Day marches to remember both the terrible toll of war – and the great freedoms we enjoy as a result of the sacrifices made.. ANZAC Day events never used to attract many Aussie kids, but over the past few years things have changed with more and more young people getting involved – walking alongside their relatives or lining the streets supporting both those who fell and those who returned.
Another great celebration is ANZAC @ The MCG – now a tradition for many. The annual clash between Collingwood and Essendon is enjoyed by around 100,000 people. The Anzac Day match pays tribute to the sacrifice of the servicemen and women of Australia and celebrates the Anzac spirit.
The ANZAC Ode
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we Forget