Thousands turn up to remember war dead on ANZAC Day
SYDNEY (AFP) - Tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders turned out on Thursday to honour their war dead, with moving tributes to fallen mates and calls not to forget those injured in conflict.
The commemorations are held every year on the April 25 anniversary of the ill-fated 1915 landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in modern-day Turkey during World War I.
More than 10,000 New Zealand and Australian servicemen died in the failed eight-month campaign, and Gallipoli has become a defining symbol of courage and comradeship for the two nations.
Sombre dawn services were held before veterans and their families paraded to remember those who fought, with at least 20,000 turning out in Sydney, 30,000 in Canberra and many more in Auckland and Wellington.