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Anzac Day

Anzac Day - 25 April

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought together by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The Anzacs formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey (then part of the Ottoman Empire). They landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Australia and New Zealand forces have since operated in close combination during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and in recent peacekeeping arrangements, notably in Bougainville and East Timor. Anzac Day is commemorated as a public holiday in both countries with memorial ceremonies held at various locations.

Anzac Day services

The New Zealand RSA website has details on Anzac Day services being held across New Zealand.

More information

• For an exhaustive list of Anzac Day links, go to the Australian War Memorial website  
• The Department of Veteran Affairs website is located at  
• For New Zealand Anzac Day information visit
• Look at a special site dedicated to Anzac Cove