Australia Celebrates ANZAC Day

Today, the citizens of Australia paid tribute to all the men and women in the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand who have served with dedication, courage, and sacrifice during World War I.

Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Day or ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on Turkey during World War I.

An Australian veteran on Anzac Day.

On this day, the bravery of all military personnel who participated in this campaign and the lives of those who died in all military actions are remembered.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sent her best wishes on behalf of the American people to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand on ANZAC Day.

“Today we pay tribute to all the men and women in the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand who have served with dedication, courage, and sacrifice.” -Ms. Clinton

She says on this day, the world remembers those who have given their lives and the families and friends who mourn them.

“They are the heroes who the world honor every day by working to make our world safer and more secure.” -Ms. Clinton

This year, as the Australians commemorate ANZAC Day, the world also also remembers those brave soldiers who were working for peace seventy years ago, Ms. Clinton added.

At that time, Ms. Clinton stresses that the Pacific faced an uncertain future, but American, Australian, and New Zealand troops joined together and stood up for the tenets of democracy.

Today, the world honor their sacrifices and dedication for the Australians to enjoy countless freedoms.

“As we commemorate ANZAC Day, we must recommit ourselves to their mission: the pursuit of freedom, prosperity, and democracy throughout the world.” -Ms. Clinton

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.

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