Anzac stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. During the World War 1, In the year 1915, Australian and New Zealand armies together, decided to take on Turkey to capture Constantinople, They decided to land at Gallipoli to attack. Son on 25th April at dawn they landed Gallipoli to strike on Turkey. The beach they landed at Gallipoli was named as Anzac Cove. Do check out Gallipoli tours 2014 schedule in case if you are interested in visiting it. Before the attack, no one had thought that it would last for a longer time. The Anzac Soldiers fought for 8 months and after 8 months the Australian and New Zealand Soldiers were evacuated from Gallipoli. Australian, New Zealand and Turkey faced Heavy casualties. It is said that Australian 8000 Soldiers and 2500 New Zealand Soldiers died during this 8 months.
After the soldiers returned from Gallipoli to their homeland, In year 1916, 25th April was commemorated in remembrance of the soldiers who died during the Gallipoli war. Since then every year Anzac Day is commemorated and it is a National Holiday.
Anzac Day is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand. Anzac Day starts with the Dawn Service, then Anzac Ceremony also know as commemorative services in the day and later in the day women and the veterans join for march in the city center. Commemorative services are held at war memorial.
Down service and Anzac ceremony are also held at Commemorative site at Gallipoli. Every year people for different places visit Gallipoli for the Anzac Day ceremony and Dawn services.
In Australia families place red poppies besides the names of the relatives on the memorial roll of Honor. In New Zealand, Returned Service association distributes paper poppies to be worn as symbol of remembrance.
Anzac 2014 has a deep meaning for every Australian and New Zealander as everyone from Australian and New Zealand has someone who knew something about Gallipoli.