On Anzac Day, we remember not only the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers who died on 25 April 1915 and throughout the Gallipoli campaign, but every one of our servicewomen and men who have served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
CAPTION: Crowds line the strreet to watch the ANZAC Day march in Camden, NSW. Photo by Leading Seaman David Cox.
We reflect on their great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country.
The Anzac spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of all Australians as we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who contributed so much in shaping the identity of this proud nation.
Australian Defence Force personnel across Australia and serving around the world commemorated Anzac Day through dawn services, commemorative services and parades.
In Australia, ADF personnel supported the Australian War Memorial services as well as services in each capital city and dozens of smaller cities and towns.
Overseas, ADF personnel also supported services at Gallipoli in Turkey, Villers-Bretonneux in France as well as services in the Middle East and across the Indo-Pacific.
Defence senior leaders and personnel are supporting Anzac Day ceremonies in Australia and around the world.
Chief of the Defence Force General Angus Campbell and the Secretary of Defence Greg Moriarty attended an Anzac Day service at the Delhi War Cemetery in India.
In his remarks, General Campbell acknowledged the bravery and countless acts of courage from the Australians and Indians who fought side-by-side at Gallipoli.
“Today, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of our current and former service men and women who have served and died in all conflicts, and our allies and partners who have served alongside them,” General Campbell said.
“The service and sacrifice displayed by the ANZAC’s at Gallipoli laid the foundations of the modern Australian Defence Force and shaped our national character.
“The freedom we have known does not come without a price.
“From the periled landing on the Gallipoli peninsula 107 years ago to our more recent operations in the Middle East, we pause alongside all Australians to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
“The ADF has a long history of protecting Australia and its interests from those who may do us harm.
“Today, there are many ADF personnel deployed on operations or working overseas, who carry the legacy of those who have served before them and continue to uphold the Anzac spirit.
“Today is also an opportunity to thank our Defence families and the Australian community for their ongoing support in remembering those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.
“Lest we forget,” General Campbell said.
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|Estimated attendance at Anzac Day domestic and overseas commemorative services|
|Australian War Memorial Anzac Day Dawn Service, ACT, Australia||18,200 people|
|Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Turkey||563 people|
|Lone Pine Service, Gallipoli, Turkey||187 people|
|Anzac Day Dawn Service, Villers-Bretonneux, France||665 people|
|Anzac Day Service, Hellfire Pass, Thailand||450 people|
|Anzac Day Service, Sandakan, Malaysia
(not open for public attendance – local COVID restrictions)
|Anzac Day Service, Port Moresby (Bomana War Cemetery), Papua New Guinea||2000 people|