On 25th April of every year, Australians honour the soldiers who gave their lives at Gallipoli. They use this day to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by soldiers and their families to bring peace. To help honour all the sacrifices made below are a few interesting facts about the Anzac Day:
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- Initially the word “ANZAC’ meant any soldier who participated in war at Gallipoli. It was a common misconception that the term was used for New Zealand and Australian nationals, but in fact it refers to soldiers from Ceylon, India, England, Ireland and the Pacific Islands. Now the term has broadened to mean any soldier who served and fought in world war one.
- Last surviving ANZAC soldier was Alec Campbell and he passed away on May, 16, 2002.
- Most memorial services are carried out at dawn as it is considered an important time. This tradition was first started by soldiers who returned from war in 1920s. Initially these services were for veterans now any one can go to these memorials to honour the sacrifices made by soldiers.
- One of the main reasons that ANZACs were unsuccessful at Gallipoli was that the ships with New Zealand and Australian soldiers arrived at the wrong destination. They landed on steep cliffs instead of the flat beach. On steep cliffs, they were at disadvantage from shelling and constant firing from Turkish army.
- Although it was a huge defeat for ANZAC soldiers but they showed incredible endurance and courage despite extremely difficult circumstances. This the reason Australian and New Zealand citizens have appointed this day for honouring sacrifices of their soldiers.
These are some of the facts about ANZAC day that most tourists do not know. Now you have the appropriate knowledge when planning western front tours 2018.