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    Australia, NZ hold ANZAC Day

    27 Nisan 2009 - 00:00Son Güncelleme : 26 Nisan 2009 - 17:41

    SYDNEY - The solemn silence of pre-dawn services gave way to booming marching bands and the clink of beer glasses Saturday as Australians and New Zealanders marked their annual tribute to military veterans.

    Millions turned out for events in both countries to mark the 94th annual ANZAC Day, a celebration named for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served in the nations' famous defeat at the battle of Gallipoli. More than 11,000 Australian and New Zealand troops died at Gallipoli, a futile effort by British Commonwealth forces to invade Turkey during World War I.

    The day honors all past and present military personnel with ticker-tape parades and services in both countries. In Sydney, people stood shoulder-to-shoulder with heads bowed to observe a minute of silence at the Cenotaph war memorial. Many laid wreaths on the memorial after a lone bugler played "The Last Post."

    "As the dawn is even now about to pierce the night, so let their memory inspire us to work for the coming new light into the dark places of the world," New South Wales state Governor Marie Bashir said at the Sydney service.


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