What is ANZAC Day

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The Origin of the Acronym ‘ANZAC’ – Australian & New Zealand Army Corps

Where is Gallipoli?

Gallipoli is a peninsula of land in Western Turkey, separating the Aegean Sea and the Dardanelles; the site of the costly but unsuccessful campaign by the Allies in the First World War.

Why were Australian Soldiers called ‘Diggers’?

The nickname ‘Diggers’ is attributed to the number of ex-gold diggers in the early army units and to the trench digging activities of the Australian soldiers during WW1.  The actual origin of the name has been lost in time, however, the Australian Soldier is known affectionately around the world as Digger.

How many ANZACs were killed on the first day of the Gallipoli battle, 25 April 1915?

2000

Where is the Australian War Memorial?

Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory

When did World War 1 end?

At 11 am on 11th November 1918 (aka now known as Remembrance Day)

Why is the Red Poppy a symbol for Sacrifice?

November is the poppy month, the time of the year when by the wearing of a simple emblem, a red poppy, we salute the memory of those who sacrificed their health, their strength, even their lives, that we might live in a free country.  The poppy also flowers in Turkey in early spring – as it did in April 1915 when the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli.  According to Australia’s official war historian C.E.W.Bean, a valley south of ANZAC beach got its name Poppy Valley “From the field of brilliant red poppies near its mouth”.

In Australia, single poppies are not usually worn on ANZAC day – the poppy belongs to Remembrance Day, 11 November.  However, wreaths of poppies are traditionally placed at memorials and honour boards on ANZAC day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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