Today is Anzac Day, a national holiday in Australia and New Zealand, honouring members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I. Both countries commemorate it on April 25th every year. It is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga, with a dawn service held in Gallipoli in Turkey.
Here are some more facts and Q&As about Anzac Day:
- ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
- How is Anzac Day commemorated?
- The date is April 25th, the day in 1915 when ANZAC soldiers landed at Gallipoli, where over 10,000 Anzacs were killed.
- Why are poppies associated with Anzac Day?
- Anzac Day is also an unusual case of two sovereign countries sharing the same national day and making reference to both countries in the day’s name.
- Why do you make Anzac biscuits on Anzac Day?
Lest we forget…