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US Remembers ANZAC Day

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

ANZAC Day poppy

In Commemoration of ANZAC Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said "The American people join Australians and New Zealanders across the globe in remembering and honoring those who have served with distinction in the defense forces of their countries over many decades."

ANZAC Day is a day of respect and remembrance, a day to mark a defining event for Australia and New Zealand - Gallipoli - where courage and loyalty demonstrated the intrepid character of two young nations, whose heroes now rest in peace in the soil of a friendly country.

The United States recognizes the profound importance of the ANZAC tradition to the history and cultural identity of both countries. Along with you, we pay our respects and express gratitude to your dedicated troops. Most importantly, along with you, we remember.

ANZAC Day is celebrated on April 25, each year. The official symbol of remembrance is the red poppy.

The Times of Saturday, May 08, 1915 reported:

The Gallipoli Landing. Countless Deeds Of Bravery

Dardanelles, April 28

"Throughout the night of April 26 the Turks harassed our lines, creeping up and endeavouring to snipe the Australians and New Zealanders in their shelter trenches, but never daring to press home an attack, although in overwhelming numbers compared with our force ashore. At one section of the line they paid dearly for their temerity, for the New Zealanders charged them with the bayonet and drove them off in disorder."

"It was obvious on the morning of the 27th that the Turks had not recovered from the terrible hammering they had received on the previous day, and had no stomach for another big attack. The Australians and New Zealanders were determined from the first rather to die to a man than to surrender the ground so dearly won on April 25, and every man knew that his only hope of safety lay in victory, as it would have been impossible to re-embark the whole army, once the ring of the hills commanding the beach had been lost."

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