ANZAC stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’. Every year, we have a dawn service where we remember those who lost their lives, followed by a silent march. This year marks 100 years since 8,700 Australian soldiers died during the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey on April 25, 1915.
Dawn services can be attended by anyone in several different places.
In Sydney, you can go to any of the places listed on ABC’s list here, with all services starting at 4am. The Anzac Day March starts at the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place in the city at 9am, then commences via George Street and Bathurst Street to Elizabeth Street.
The First World War broke out in 1914. As Australia is an ally of Britain, Australian troops supported the British troops during the war. Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought side by side to take over the Gallipoli area in Turkey to open up the seas to their allies on boats. Turkey’s city of Istanbul was part of the Ottoman Empire, which was an ally of Germany, and Istanbul was the goal in terms of capturing land.
The Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915. They fought for eight months, and at the end of 1915, the soldiers were evacuated from the area. More than 8,700 Australian soldiers had been killed during the battle, and the 25th of April quickly became a day where Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who were killed in the war.