Australia and New Zealand

As in Britain, Australia and New Zealand celebrate their Remembrance Day on 11th November.  The ceremonies are similar, observing a minute’s silence at 11am and including the playing of the Last Post. However, the most important day of remembrance in these countries is ANZAC day, on 25th April.

ANZAC (an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day was originally held to commemorate the losses of Australian and New Zealand troops in the landings at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915, but later became open to all soldiers who served in the Great War and, later, in the Second World War.  Originally, the event was almost exclusively veterans observing a two-minute silence after a dawn service, again playing the Last Post. Now it is a day when all Australians consider the questions of war and remembrance.