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"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the evening we will remember them." (From the Anzac Day Service)
In the early hours of April 25, at various Shrines of Remembrance, cenotaphs and war memorials everywhere in Australia and New Zealand, there is a gathering of the men and women who have gone to war and returned, and with their families and friends gather for a dawn service that heralds the start of another Anzac Day.
Anzac, or more properly ANZAC, stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and is a term that was coined for the troops that fought against the Turks in 1915 as part of the First World War. The term was used to describe troops for several campaigns during WWI, and again for troops in Vietnam. Although the term does not strictly apply to all Australian and New Zealand troops, within the two countries it has come to represent all soldiers and Anzac Day is a time to remember all troops who died in war.
Anzac Day derives from the day ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli in 1915, unknowing of the hardships and blunders they would endure for the next eight months. Although the Gallipoli campaign is widely thought to have been a mistake, the actions of the troops at Gallipoli founded a spirit that continues to inspire Australians to this day.