By Mr. George Markfelder (JFHQNCRMDW)April 25, 2014
Each year on the 25th of April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day to recognize the sacrifices that Australians and New Zealand servicemen have made -- not only in defending their country, but in upholding their nations' longstanding commitment to peace and security.
To mark this special occasion in 2014, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies in Washington co-hosted a program of events that were open to the public. Those events included a Dawn Service held at the Korean War Memorial, as well as a Gunfire Breakfast at the Australian Embassy and a commemorative Church Service at the Washington National Cathedral.
ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I. ANZAC Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand, a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same Remembrance Day, but making reference to both countries in its name.