The centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most important period of national commemoration, marking 100 years since Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War.
Anzac Day goes far beyond remembering the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in war and on operational service, past and present. The spirit of the Anzac’s, with qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.
In the final year of the centenary anniversary, the centenary of Armistice that ended the First World War will be commemorated over a five-week period, ending on November 11.
The Armistice of Compiègne between the Allies and Germany came into effect at 11am on the 11 November 1918. The guns fell silent on the Western Front and after more than four unimaginable years, the war was finally over.
After the Second World War, Armistice Day became Remembrance Day.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”