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Australians (and New Zealanders) do not "celebrate" ANZAC Day: they commemorate it.

ANZAC Day was originally a day of remembrance for the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed at Gallipoli on the 25th of April, 1915. The day commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of the thousands of men who died during the eight-month occupation of Gallipoli.

Subsequently, ANZAC Day has become a day of remembrancefor all Australian and New Zealand soldiers who gave their lives in all wars. In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day commemorations feature solemn "dawn services", a tradition started in Albany, Western Australia on 25 April 1923. These services are held at war memorials around both countries. Marches by veterans and family members of those who have died in past wars are held in capital cities and towns nationwide, as Australians and New Zealanders honour our brave Defence Force personnel.

In recent years, participation has also been extended to the soldiers of non-ANZAC countries and even our former enemies. It has never been a day of "celebration", but is a day of "commemoration".

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