Anzac Day

Every year in the country of New Zealand Anzac Day is used to commemorate the end of World War 1. It takes place annually on the 25th of April. Its primary purpose is to celebrate and remember all thepeople in New Zealand who lost their lives due to the conflict.

Anzac is short for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Those within this organisation were collectively known as the Anzacs. The celebratory day is also observed in Australia and the surrounding territories.

In New Zealand, the day is a time to remember the Gallipoli Campaign in particular. This offensive was meant to knock out resistance from the opposing side swiftly. Instead, there was a stalemate and eight more months of fighting. During this New Zealand lost 2,721 of its citizens. Some people choose to visit the site of the battle. For many people, the day reminds them of the futility of war.

On Anzac Day in Wellington, there is a dawn service. Members of the New Zealand military forces put on a march throughout the city. Hymns are sung, and bands play solemn music. People in the nation feel unified by the commemoration. This is particularly felt by people in politics. Many of them will have opposing views with each other. However, they can all come together on Anzac Day.

Much like Memorial Day in the UK, paper poppies are worn. These are used as symbols to remember all the people who died during the war. Shops are closed until 1 PM. This is due to a law that was enacted in 1966.

In recent years there have been attempts to change the day of remembrance into Armistice Day or something similar in nature. This is because Anzac Day tends to focus solely on the Gallipoli campaign. Some citizens and politicians believe that there needs to be a broader day of mourning for all other conflicts during WW1.


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