Australia remembers those who have served the nation in times of war and conflict
Each year on Anzac Day, 25 April, Australians gather at services and ceremonies around the world to remember the bravery and sacrifice of those who served their nation in times of war and conflict.
Anzac Day this year is especially significant as it marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. This was their first major military action during the war, and the start of a gruelling eight-month campaign. More than 8,700 lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign, with more than 2,000 casualties on the first day alone.
The Gallipoli campaign had a profound impact on Australia and became an important part of the identity of the nation, shaping the ways Australians viewed both their past and their future. As a result, Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing and honoring those who fought at Gallipoli - it is a national day of remembrance that commemorates all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
“Anzac Day is a time to remember all Australians who have served their country. It is an opportunity to reflect on the spirit of Anzac and how, after a century, Australian servicemen and women continue to take pride in, and inspiration from, the original Anzacs,” Australian Ambassador to Vietnam H.E. Mr Hugh Borrowman said.
Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. The Centenary is the most significant period of commemoration in Australia’s history. It is an opportunity for all Australians to recognise and thank those who have served the country and worn the Australian uniform over the past one hundred years.
This year, around 15,000 Australians are expected to commemorate ANZAC Day overseas. “I warmly encourage all Australians to attend the Anzac Day services being held in Vietnam,” said the Australian Ambassador.
ANZAC Day dawn services will be held in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and at the Long Tan Cross.
For further information about the ANZAC Centenary, please visit: http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/index.htm
For updates about dawn services in Vietnam, please visit: www.facebook.com/australianembassyvietnam
For other related information, please contact Ms Vu Binh Chau, Communication Officer, Australian Embassy at Tel: 04 3774 0216 or Email: [email protected].