ANZAC Day occurs on 25th of April every year. On this day we honour all the men and women who have participated in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world, including the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Incredibly, 100 years have passed since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Here is a video from BTN that explains more about the meaning of ANZAC day.
Australians recognise the 25th of April as an occasion of national remembrance. There are Commemorative services which are held at dawn because this marks the time of the actual landing of the ANZAC Troops at Gallopoli. Later in the day, former servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres. There are also Commemorative ceremonies which are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, Anzac Day is a time at which Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
Dawn Services generally incorporate the following elements: veterans are called to ‘stand-to’, followed by one or two minutes of silence to remember the fallen, then the silence is broken by a single bugle (a brass horn instrument) playing the Last Post. The Last Post was originally played during war to tell soldiers the day was over. When the Last Post is played at memorial services it symbolises that the duty of the dead is over and that they are able to rest in peace. Below is a BTN story about the history of the Last Post
Below are some other stories about ANZAC day from the BTN website.
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