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ANZAC Day for Secondary

The first ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day has been commemorated in Australia and New Zealand on 25 April since 1916. The first ANZAC Day march to mark the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in Turkey was in London. View rarely seen film of ANZAC Cove and Sulva Bay in 1915

The campaign was a military disaster but for the first time Australians fought under an Australian flag.

The first ANZACs are remembered for their bravery in the face of an impossible situation.View Clip 3: ‘It’s cold-blooded murder’ from the feature film Gallipoli (1981).

The significance of ANZAC Day

While the ANZAC Day tradition commemorates the more than 100 000 Australians who have sacrificed their lives in wars, it also celebrates qualities like courage, determination and mateship.

ANZAC Day today

In the 1960s ANZAC Day was dying out, but in recent years it has witnessed a resurgence in popularity and public standing, both here and overseas. Today thousands of pilgrims from Australia and New Zealand visit Gallipoli each year on 25 April, and Australian troops solemnly mark the occasion.

And tomorrow?

No World War I soldiers remain, and numbers from World War II are dwindling. Will the descendants of veterans take over? What about former enemies marching?

Video at Australian screen: From Compass – Embracing the Enemy. Clip 1: 'And they became our sons'

Video from Australian screen. Clip 2: Truce at Gallipoli

Activities heading with link to syllabus information

Investigate the spirit of ANZAC (.pdf 165 kB) or what the day means to you today (.pdf 203 kB).

The Ode (an extract from a poem, For the Fallen), is also recited. Can you recognise which of the poem’s  stanzas is heard on ANZAC Day?

An ANZAC Day service involves a number of deeply revered events. These include the Last Post,  two minutes of silence and the sight of red poppies.

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