World War One started in 1914 and ended in 1918. Millions of people died in that war. ANZAC day is a special day where Australians and New Zealanders remember the Kiwi and Australian men and women that died in those wars. Every year since 1915 we have been remembering them.
Why is ANZAC day remembered?
ANZAC day is a public and special day when New Zealanders and Australians commemorate those that died in the war. ANZAC day stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps which was created by a post office clerk. Half of the men from New Zealand went to war which affected families all over NZ. First the army went to Apia to get more soldiers, then they went to Cairo for training. Overall 2431 soldiers and 500 nurses died and 7571 got injured from NZ in World War One.
How is ANZAC day remembered?
Every April 25th ANZAC day is remembered in NZ with special ANZAC day memorials and Dawn parades which are held in most NZ towns. Poppies are worn on ANZAC day to represent the bloodshed at Gallipoli. Poppies and Wreaths are also laid in memorials and dawn parades. Guns and cannons are also used to simulate what happened at Gallipoli. Some schools are given crosses with names of people that died from that town. Most memorials also hold a minute of silence to respect and remember those that died.
So overall ANZAC is an important and special day where we remember soldiers and lay poppies. The most interesting fact that I learn’t was that lots of animals were used in the war to help soldiers. eg. Donkeys used for carrying injured soldiers.