We will remember them
Did you know?
25th April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916;
in that year it was marked by a wide variety
of ceremonies and services in Australia,
a march through London,
and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.
During the 1920s, ANZAC Day became established
as a national day of commemoration for the
60,000 Australians who died during the war.
All the States observed a public holiday
on ANZAC Day from 1927.
By the mid-1930s the rituals we associate with the day
- dawn vigils, marches, services, reunions, two-up
- were part of ANZAC Day culture.
The Dawn Service has its origins in a routine
which is still observed by the Australian Army.
The half-light of dawn is one of the
most favoured times for an attack.
Soldiers in defensive positions were
therefore woken up in the dark so that by the time
the first light crept across the battlefield they were alert.
This is known as "Stand-to".
The first Dawn Service was held
at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927.
Dawn services were originally very simple
and were often restricted to veterans.
The daytime ceremony was for families and well-wishers,
the Dawn Service was for old soldiers
to remember and reflect.
In recent times families and young people
have been encouraged to take part,
and services in capital cities have seen
some of the largest turnouts ever.
And the band played Waltzing Matilda
Australian National Anthem
Turkey National Anthem
New Zealand National Anthem