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What is Anzac Day?

April 25 is an important day on the Australian calendar. StudyAdelaide tells you why…

What is Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is a day which honours the brave members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during the First World War back in 1915.

In a failed attempt to capture the Gallipoli peninsula and defeat the Turks, Australia lost over 8,000 soldiers during this eight-month long battle.

ANZAC Day also serves as a remembrance in Australia for troops that served in all wars and celebrates the courage, mateship and sacrifice Australian troops have made.

How can you get involved?

Every year come April 25 at dawn, commemorative services are held at war memorials around Australia, which signifies the time of the original Gallipoli landing.

The services include two minutes of silence, followed by marches of veterans who fought (or had friends in the war), and their families.

To commemorate the day, people also make ANZAC biscuits – a food sent to the soldiers from their army wives, due to its long shelf life. See the recipe here.

Things to note:

Since 1927, ANZAC Day has been a public holiday in Australia. This means some shopping centres and shops may be open for half of the day, while others may be shut.

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