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ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. Anzac Day is one of the most important days in Aotearoa New Zealand. Every April 25th we pay our respects to Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in World War I, at Gallipoli in Turkey.

A moving ceremony was held at Chanak Consular Cemetery, to honour members of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles who passed away from influenza in 1918.

How we honour our soldiers

Anzac Day remembrance takes two forms: through commemorative services are held at dawn, and through marches in our major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal. You can join them at war memorials around the country.

Members of the public lay poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior on Anzac Day in 2021.

The difference between ANZAC and Anzac

Anzac Day is a special day, and one of the best ways we can show respect to our fallen soldiers is by understanding the breadth of Anzac history. For instance, there are two different Anzacs, and we're not talking about biscuits.