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21 April 2023

How you can remember and reflect this Anzac Day

Next Tuesday 25 April is Anzac Day, a day of national significance in Australia. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in World War I.

On 25 April 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – known as ‘Anzacs’ – formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. The plan to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. More than 8000 Australian soldiers were killed.

Anzac Day has since become a day on which Australians reflect on the sacrifice of everyone who has served our country in war, and to recognise all current and former men and women of our Defence Force.

Ways to commemorate Anzac Day

Dawn marks the time of the original Gallipoli landing, so many people attend commemorative Dawn Services across the nation:

Later in the day, former servicemen and servicewomen take part in marches through the country’s capital cities and regional centres. 

You can also mark the day by:

Remember: Deakin is closed on Anzac Day

Deakin is closed on Tuesday 25 April for the Anzac Day public holiday, although the library is open at the following times:

The University will reopen as normal on Wednesday 26 April.

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