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ANZAC Day 2014

25 April 2014

ANZAC Day - 25 April - is an important national occasion in Australia and New Zealand. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Click here to visit the Australian War Memorial's website page about ANZAC Day

Click here to visit New Zealand's Ministry for Culture and Heritage's ANZAC Day website

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.

The ANZAC forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance. British, Canadian, Indian and French troops also landed on the peninsula.
What had been planned as a quick action became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated. Both allied and Turkish forces suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships.

99 years later, ANZAC Day is marked with ceremonies and events all over the world, as Australians and New Zealanders remember their fallen from the two world wars and other conflicts. A large number of commemorative events take place at CWGC cemeteries and memorials. We have been preparing these sites, together with the Australian, New Zealand and local authorities, to ensure they are ready for these important acts of remembrance.

Some of the biggest events at CWGC locations include ceremonies at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery in France and at the Lone Pine Cemetery on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. There are further commemorative events at locations such as Phaleron War Cemetery in Athens, Berlin 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery, Jerusalem War Cemetery and Memorial, Rome War Cemetery, the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial in Gallipoli and at the Menin Gate in Ieper.
Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to see some of the latest photos of this year's ANZAC Day.

Clcik here to download our new information guide about the Gallipoli Campaign and the cemeteries and memorials maintained by the CWGC in Turkey.