ANZAC Day: A Brief Outline
ANZAC Day is perhaps one of the most important national days of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia.
ANZAC Day is a national holiday in both Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the soldiers you who served in all wars or conflicts throughout history. ANZAC Day falls on 25th April, the day in which Australian and New Zealand forces first landed at Gallipoli, Turkey during the First World War.
A Brief History Of ANZAC Day
The ANZAC’s (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), together with forces from Great Britain, British India and France, landed at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915, in an attempt to recapture Constantinople, now Istanbul, which was under the reign of the Ottoman Empire, who were allies of the German forces.
Though the landing was unsuccessful, with considerable casualties numbering in their thousands, the attempt became a powerful symbol to Australia and New Zealand, highlighting the bravery of the men who had lost their lives in the battle.
100th Anniversary – ANZAC Day Tours
2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. The significant occasion will be marked by a commemorative event, with limited tickets available (For more information on ticket allocation, click here).
Travel Talk Tours offer a range of itineraries on their ANZAC Tours, incorporating a visit to Gallipoli on 25th April. Here are a few highlights from the ANZAC Day Tours:
Sleeping Under The Stars At Gallipoli
To commemorate those who fell in battle, sleep under the starry sky at Gallipoli and wake at dawn to see the Dawn Service, watching as the sun rises over the historic battle field.
Attend The National Ceremonies
Whilst in Gallipoli, attend the national ceremonies of either Australia or New Zealand, remembering those who gave their lives to protect their nation.
The beautiful scenery around the battle field provides the perfect opportunity for quiet contemplation, with rugged, unspoilt coastlines and panoramic views of the sea.
Close to Gallipoli is the ancient town of Ephesus, which has some remarkable ruins of this once mighty civilisation, including the Temple of Artemis, which was built in 550 BC.
The ancient city of Troy, famous for the legendary war between the Greeks and Paris of Troy, provides an interesting contrast to the more modern war site at Gallipoli.
ANZAC Tours: Remembrance & Fascinating Insight Into Turkish Culture
Attending the commemorative event at Gallipoli in 2015 provides a wonderful chance for reflection and contemplation, whilst enjoying some of the finest sights that Turkey has to offer.
To help you get a better idea of the experiences on offer, we will be publishing a review from a Travel Talker who is currently out in Gallipoli on one of our ANZAC Day Tours. Check back in over the next few weeks to read first hand experiences of the 2014 ANZAC Day service.