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
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
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,
Bair (New Zealand) Memorial in Gallipoli and at the Menin Gate
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