Soldiers and family members gathered for the Australian New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day Dawn Service Sunday morning.
The ceremony marks the 106th Anniversary of the storming of the Gallipoli peninsula by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in the Dardanelles campaign, World War I, during the early hours of April 25, 1915.
Fort Benning hosted an Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day ceremony, Friday, April 25, at the National Infantry Museum.
The ceremony, which began at dawn marked by a “gunfire breakfast,” commemorated the Anniversary of the storming onto the Gallipoli peninsula by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in the Dardanelles campaign during World War I, on the early hours of the 25 day of April, 1915.
ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand; commemorated by both countries on April 25th to honor members of the ANZAC Corps who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. It now, more broadly, commemorates all those who died and served in service for Australia and New Zealand.
“The term ANZAC has become more than its origin,” said Lt. Col. Stuart Purves, Australian Army Liaison, Army Futures Command. It’s now moved on to become an inspiration that embodies the qualities of courage, discipline, sacrifice, self-reliance, and in Australian terms that of mate-ship and a fair go.
The ceremony also highlighted the long lasting partnership between the U.S. and Australia, and the location of the ceremony, the 173rd Airborne Memorial, holds special significance as the only memorial where U.S. and Australian names appear alongside one another.