ANZAC Day Significance and Traditions


ANZAC Day, celebrated on 25th April every year is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. This day is celebrated in the memory of all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. This Day is commemorated in many countries all around the world but primarily celebrated in New Zealand and Australia. This day commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) in 1915 on the shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey as part of the allied forces attempt to capture Constantinople and open up the shipping lanes and access to Russia. Though the Gallipoli campaign failed to achieve its military objectives of capturing Constantinople, the actions of the Australian and New Zealand troops during the campaign bequeathed an intangible but powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as an “ANZAC legend or ANZAC Spirit” became an important part of the national identity in both countries. This has shaped the way their citizens have viewed both their past and their understanding of the present.

On this day, most of the tour companies arrive in the early afternoon on the 24th and it is time for everyone to find the best spot. The atmosphere is buzzing overnight as everyone feels a great sense of pride. Throughout the night there are readings from the diaries of various soldiers, documentaries movies played on a big screen, announcements from the leaders of New Zealand, Australia and Turkey and plenty of other things. Once the sun comes up the Dawn Service starts with national anthems, the Last Post played and readings from the many dignitaries that attend on behalf of the countries involved. At the completion of the ANZAC Dawn Service there are three other services throughout the day starting with the Australian service at Lone Pine, the Turkish service at the 57th Regiment and the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. The timing of these program changes every year. After the Memorial’s ceremony, families often place red poppies beside the names of relatives on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour, as they also do after Remembrance Day services.

Thousands of people around the world come to Gallipoli every year for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service to pay their respects to those that gave so much. It is a very special and moving experience for them. Most people will make their way to the Gallipoli Peninsular for the Anzac Day commemorations as part of a tour group. Tour companies today offer the easiest, best and most comprehensive way of getting the most out of your visit to Gallipoli. If you are looking for cheap travel deals to Gallipoli, Call us toll free @877-247-7183 and get huge discount on airfares.