Did you know?

Anzac as a word is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

All Anzacs were volunteers.

25th of April which is commemorated by Anzacs every year, was the day the Anzacs landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

25th of April was officially named as Anzac Day on the world in 1916.

Anzacs were on Gallipoli peninsula for 8 months.

Anzac day is a public holiday in New Zealand today but it was not till 1921.

Anzac day is a public holiday in Australia today but it was not till 1921.

Gallipoli Peninsula is very close to the famous ancient city of Troy.

Gallipoli is called in Turkish as Gelibolu by Turks and it is a little fishing village on the Gallipoli Peninsula, by the strait of Dardanelles.

Gallipoli gets its name from the Greek word “Kallipolis” which means “Beautiful City”.

The killed casualties at Gallipoli were: Turkey 86.692, Australia 8.709, New Zealand 2.701, Britain 21.255, France 9.798, India 1.358 and Newfoundland 49.

Beside red poppies rosemary can be worn on Anzac Day. Rosemary which grows wild in Gallipoli has particular significance for Australians and has been used as a symbol of remembrance since ancient days.

More than 15000 Australian, New Zealander and British people visit Gallipoli peninsula every year.

Anzac biscuits were part of the rations given to Anzacs during World War I and they had a long shelf life.

Anzac was not just Australians and New Zealanders it was included officers from Ireland, Britain, Zion, Ceylon, India and Pacific Islands.

Alec Campbell was the last surviving Anzac and he died on May 16, 2002.

In Sydney there is an Anzac Bridge and it was given its name in memory of the Anzacs.

During the war soldiers’ popular game was two-up and it is only legal on Anzac day today. And it is known as National Game of Australia.