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This ‘ANZAC Day Kit’ has been compiled over a number of years by various staff members of the Parliamentary Library, and is updated annually.

In particular the Library would like to acknowledge the work of John Moremon and Laura Rayner, both of whom contributed significantly to the original text and structure of the Kit. Nathan Church contributed significantly to the 2016 edition of this publication.

Introduction

On 25 April, the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915, Australians and New Zealanders honour the men and women who have served and died in wars, peacekeeping and other defence operations. It is now 101 years since the landing, and 100 years since ANZAC Day was observed for the first time in 1916.

The date of 25 April was etched into the national consciousness with the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli. The ANZACs forged a tradition of service and sacrifice that has continued to this day. We remember that more than 1.5 million Australians have served their country in wartime, and more than 100,000 have lost their lives.

ANZAC Day is our national day of commemoration to remember veterans and those Australians who have died in war, and show support for serving members of the Australian Defence Force. Later in the year on 11 November—Remembrance Day—we pause for a second time, sharing with other countries the tradition of observing the anniversary of the Great War’s armistice to remember the dead of all wars.

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