Anzac Day 2014

Updated 10 April 2014

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David Watt
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section

This 'Anzac Day Kit' has been compiled over a number of years by various staff members of the Parliamentary Library, and is updated annually. In particular the Library would like to acknowledge the work of John Moremon and Laura Rayner, both of whom contributed significantly to the original text and structure of the Kit.

Introduction

On 25 April, the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915, Australians and New Zealanders honour those of our men and women who have served and died in wars, peacekeeping and other defence operations. It is now 99 years since the landing, and 98 years since Anzac Day was observed for the first time in 1916.

The date of 25 April was etched into the national consciousness with the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli. The Anzacs forged a tradition of service and sacrifice that has continued to this day. We remember that more than 1.5 million Australians have served their country in wartime, and more than 100,000 have lost their lives.

Anzac Day is Australia’s national day of commemoration to remember those of our own who have fallen. Later in the year on 11 November—Remembrance Day—we pause for a second time, sharing with other countries the tradition of observing the anniversary of the Great War’s armistice to remember the dead of all wars.

What is this kit?

This kit is produced to assist Members and Senators with their representational and ceremonial duties on Anzac Day. It can be accessed by members of the public, but for copyright reasons many linked items are available to Members of Parliament only.

The kit comprises eight sections:

Section 1: Speeches

Section 2: The relevance of ANZAC

Section 3: Gallipoli

Section 4: The Western Front

Section 5: Remembering and honouring: memorials and heritage

Section 6: Anniversaries

Section 7: Australian peacekeeping

Section 8: Statistics, links and further reading

Another Parliamentary Library publication titled Parliamentary involvement in declaring war and deploying forces overseas considers the government’s power to declare war and deploy troops overseas from a legal and parliamentary perspective.

 

For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.


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