Anzac day is a day of remembrance, commemorated on 25 April, it honours the service men and women who served in the New Zealand and Australian military during the first world war.
The 25th of April marks the landing of the ‘Anzacs’ – New Zealand and Australian soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 with the goal of capturing the Dardanelles, the entrance to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the drive to take Dardanelles, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders and we lost many Anzacs. Among the dead were 2721 New Zealanders, almost one in four of those who served on Gallipoli.
Since the marking of Anzac day in 1916 the day itself has gone through many changes but the theme remains the same – remembrance of all the soldiers who have fought in the New Zealand military.