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Light-Up Big Rivers Government Centre: ANZAC Day

Drive past Big Rivers Government Centre and view the lights' display to commemorate ANZAC Day.

ANZAC was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April, 1915, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I.

Galvanised by the example of courage and sacrifice demonstrated on that bloody battlefield, on the 10th day of January 1916 a public meeting of Brisbane citizens voted unanimously to establish the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee to lay the groundwork for a nationwide, solemn day of public remembrance on the first anniversary of the landings.

On every 25th day of April for the past 100 years, ANZAC Day has been observed in Australia and New Zealand, becoming an honoured and sacred institution along the way.

This site includes a host of information about the origins of ANZAC Day, the Spirit of ANZAC and gives an overview of the conflicts in which Australian Defence Force personnel have served in times of war and peace.

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