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ANZAC Day

brief history ...

ANZAC Veteran
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The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. The pride they took in that name endures to this day, and Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of The Battle of Gallipoli which was the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the WWI.

The Battle of Gallipoli took place at Gallipoli in Turkey from 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916, in an operation mounted by England and France to capture the Ottoman capital, Istanbul. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides.

Military Medals
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In Australia and New Zealand, the campaign was the first major battle undertaken by a joint military formation, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in both of these countries. Anzac Day (April 25) is the most important commemoration of military casualties and veterans in Australia and New Zealand.

On ANZAC Day (April 25), commemorative services are held at dawn which was the time of the attack, followed of a parade of the veterans.

tourist information ...

How to get there
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Relevant Links:
Australia War Memorial
ANZAC Site
Wikipedia

Program:
  • 04:15am the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place
  • 08:30am Wreathlaying Ceremony at the Cenotaph at Martin Place
  • 09:00am ANZAC Day March starting at Martin Pl/George St/Bathurst St/Hyde Park
  • 12:30pm Commemorative service at the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park South
  • 01:00pm Indigenous ANZAC Day March in Redfern
  • 05:00pm Sunset Service at The Cenotaph in Martin Place
26 January
1788 - The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Sydney Harbour to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent. Commemorated as Australia Day.

1808 - Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia.
Australian slang
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  • cane toad a person from QLD
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  • fairy floss candy floss, cotton candy
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