Every April 25th Australia and New Zealand come together to celebrate ANZAC Day, a day to honor the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought a gruelling campaign at Gallipoli during World War I. It’s also a day to honor and thank all of the men and women who serve on behalf of the two nations.
One of the highlights here in Sydney is the parade which features current and former service men and woman marching through the streets towards the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park. Thousands of onlookers line the streets to clap, cheer, and wave flags to thank all who have served.
ANZAC Day is a national holiday, with events big and small happening all over Australia. Sydney’s events started with a pre-dawn service in Martin Place, and wrapped up with a ceremony at the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park. In between, though, was the parade. Here are some images from the march though the city, under blue skies on a beautiful autumn day.
For many more pictures of the ANZAC Day festivities, visit Flickr!