Anzac Day

"Lest We Forget"

ANZAC DAY – 25th of April

Anzac Day is an important national day in Australia and is marked by a national holiday.

Anzac Day was first observed by both Australia and New Zealand on April 25 1916, in remembrance of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought together at Gallipoli during WW1. Today, ANZAC Day commemorates Australians and New Zealanders who died and served in all military operations. Anzac Day is also observed in Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue.

The Centenary of the Gallipoli landing (1915) was on April 25, 2015. Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, focusing on the 100 years since our nation’s involvement in WW1 – The First World War 1914 – 1918.

Anzac Day observance focuses on dawn services at war memorials in both countries and featuring the The Last Post performed on the bugle.

The name ‘ANZAC Cove’ was officially recognised by the Turkish government on Anzac Day in 1985. Many people now travel to Gallipoli each year to to be present at the commemorative service at ANZAC Cove on April 25. A ballot to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 was held and people who applied have been notified of the outcome of their application.

The ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice is a very important aspect of Australian national identity. Many refer to it as the spirit of the ANZACS.

Staggering losses on the Western Front in WW1: 178,000 casualties, with approximately half of all Australians killed in all wars dying in a little over 2 years.

The video below titled ‘You never came home’ is a memorial to all the Australians who died on the Western Front in WW1.

The 19th of July 2016 was 100 years since the Battle Of Fromelles, where in one day around 2,000 Australian soldiers died and over 3,500 wounded.

To put that in perspective, Australia in 1916 had a population just under five million… Today’s population is close to twenty four million and in percentage would see close to 10,000 soldiers dead and 16,000 wounded.

Many Australians and people from around the world took advantage of the free download of the song ‘can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching?’ in the lead up to the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 2015. The free download of the song will remain throughout the ANZAC Centenary 2014 – 2018

Music and song used in Australia on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day – ‘Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching? is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice.

Over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives in the service and defence of our country. Along with their mates, they’re marching once again, in the towns and cities, across our great land.

Anzac Articles

Battle Of Kapyong

The Battle of Kapyong (from the 22nd to the 25th of April 1951), was fought during the Korean War between the UN forces (mainly Australian and Canadian military forces), and the...

Rats Of Tobruk

 The Rats of Tobruk was the name given to the soldiers of the garrison who held the port of Tobruk in Libya against the German Afrika Corps, during the Siege of Tobruk in WW2....

Gallipoli ANZAC Day

The Gallipoli Campaign was a major allied military defeat in WW1. Even from the very beginning, on April 25 1915, the landing was chaotic and messed up. After eight months of...

Darwin Bombing WW2

Darwin Bombing WW2 The photograph above is 5 of the graves of the 25 civilians killed on the 19th of February, 1942, when a bomb dropped by a japanese plane hit the Darwin Post...

Capture Of Boursies Western Front WW1

Australians in the Capture Of Boursies - April 8-15, 1917 The photograph above is of Lieutenant Raymond Sherwin MC. Lieutenant Sherwin was a 23 year old clerk from Launceston,...

Battle Of Broodseinde Ridge

Australians in the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge - October 4, 1917 The photograph above is of Private Robert Burton. Private Burton was from Yankalilla, South Australia. He...

Villers Bretonneux WW1 Australia

Australians in the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux - April 24-25, 1918 The photograph above is of Private Alexander Ferguson Fraser. Private Frazer was from Brisbane,...

Australian Army Nurses Western Front WW1

Australian Army Nurses on the Western Front WW1 The photograph above is of Sister Martha Ann King. Sister King was born at Kensington, South Australia. She trained at the...

Anzac Day Facts

Background to the meaning and reason of ANZAC Day. In 1914, as WW1 started, Australia was only thirteen years old as a newly created federation. In 1915, the capture of the...

The Song

The Song, 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' was created from Peter Barnes' experience in visiting the Adelaide River War Cemetery (114 kms south of Darwin) in the...
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