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Remembering War Veterans on Anzac Day

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On Friday, communities throughout Australia and New Zealand observe Anzac Day, a day to honor and commemorate those who lost their lives during military conflicts and peacekeeping expeditions.

The holiday takes its name from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) and falls every year on April 25th, the anniversary of the first major Anzac conflict during the First World War. Troops took on the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to clear the way to the Black Sea for Allied navies, resulting in heavy casualties that had a profoundly sobering impact on the two nations.

Many mark the day by attending dawn memorial services and spending time with family veterans. Australians will occasionally play a cheeky game called two-up that was popular among soldiers during World War I. Many will also bake Anzac biscuits around this time, a tradition carried on from Australian and New Zealand families who sent these biscuits to soldiers fighting the war.

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Australia and New Zealand Observe Anzac Day

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In Australia and New Zealand, April 25th marks Anzac Day, a day set aside to honor veterans and remember those who lost their lives during military conflicts and peacekeeping expeditions.

The date of Anzac Day, which takes its name from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), falls on the anniversary of the first major ANZAC conflict. During the First World War, troops took on the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to clear the way to the Black Sea for Allied navies. The reports of heavy casualties had a profoundly sobering impact on the Australian and New Zealand mindset.

Now, Anzac Day commemorates those who fought in all conflicts and is observed by holding parades and events, such as the Dawn Ceremony at the Hobart Cenotaph in Tasmania, spending quality time with family veterans and baking Anzac biscuits.