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114/365 - Lest we forget - ANZAC Day March, Kiama, Australia | by Ann McLeod Images
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114/365 - Lest we forget - ANZAC Day March, Kiama, Australia

Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national commemoration. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing at Gallipoli – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are held at war memorials around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war. For me, it's a time to remember all those people, some as young as 16, who sacrificed so much. :(

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Taken on April 25, 2009