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- Posted:Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance that is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand every year on April 25th. It honours the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp, whose soldiers were referred to as Anzacs, who fought during World War I at Gallipoli in Turkey. Anzac Day is an important national day in both countries as too are its celebrations.
Today, Anzac Day marks the memory of the lives lost by Australians and New Zealanders during any military operations the countries have been involved in. 'Dawn Services' are held at war memorials around both countries on Anzac Day. In Australia it is a national public holiday with marches held in many cities and towns. The Anzac Day Parade from each state capital is televised live and followed by social gatherings. It’s also marked through sports like Australian Football and Rugby League Football.
In New Zealand there are various Anzac Day celebrations around the country for remembrance such as 'Dawn Parades' by members of the cadets, police, fire service, etc. There is also the tradition of wearing paper poppies as symbols of remembrance similar to the tradition for Remembrance Sunday in many other Commonwealth countries.