ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. The day commemorates all Australian and New Zealanders who served and died in wars and conflicts. ANZAC Day takes place on 25th April each year. This day first marked the contributions of Australian and New Zealand forces' sacrifices in Gallipolli during The Great War. This was the first campaign that lead to major casualties for ANZAC troops. The acronym stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Many nations across the world observe ANZAC Day commemorations. These include Australasian nations such as Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, and Tonga. Smaller services take place across the world. Since 2009, a Northern Ireland event has taken place at The Ballance House, Glenavy, Co. Antrim. Many ANZAC troops came to Northern Ireland for training and mobilisation. Some would not return home.
Australian burials in Northern Ireland
Many Australian service personnel trained in Northern Ireland while attached to British units, in particular flying with the Royal Air Force. Several graves of ANZAC forces can be found across the province of Ulster.