NATIONAL HOLIDAY // AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, COOK ISLANDS, NIUE, SAMOA AND TONGA
Anzac Day commemorates the lives of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) members who landed at Gallipoli on this day during WWI. Once there, the ANZAC forces were met with enormous resistance from the Turkish defenders and the campaign lasted a brutal eight months before the Allied forces were finally evacuated.
Over 8,000 Australian and 2,700 New Zealand soldiers died during the battle at Gallipoli, and the traditional dawn services carried out on Anzac Day are a symbolic link to the dawn landing made there in 1915. Anzac Day is an extremely significant event in both Australiaand New Zealand, and is also a public holiday in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga.