Anzac Day, 25 April, marks the anniversary of Australian and New Zealand forces landing at Gallipoli. This was the first military action that Australia and New Zealand saw in World War I. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is a term that evokes a sense of patriotism, heroism and sacrifice to Australians.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. These soldiers were known as ANZACs. The 25th of April marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. April 25th is the day Australians recognize the sacrifices of these soldiers.
Anzac Day in Australia
Commemorative services are held at dawn, the time of the original landing, across Australia. Later in the day ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centers. Commemorative ceremonies are held at war memorials around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
Anzac Day in Melbourne
Anzac Day Celebrations begin in Melbourne with a Dawn Service at The Shrine of Remembrance Forecourt from 6:00am to 6:30am. It is then followed by the Official Wreath Laying, also at The Shrine of Remembrance. This happens from 6:30am to 8:30am. Finally there is the official Anzac Day Commemoration March. The march starts at the intersection of Swanston and Little Bourke streets and proceeds along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance.