ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions.
It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 to knock Turkey out of the war quickly.
However they met fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders and the campaign dragged on for eight months, with more than 8000 Australian soldiers being killed in that time.
News of the landing on Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians at home and April 25 soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died at war.
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