Gallipoli dead remembered on 102nd anniversary of WWI battle

The Anzac Day Dawn Service held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Wellington 2016

Anzac troops are seen going about their daily business and firing guns from the trenches in this snapshot of WWI.

On Anzac Day we also pay tribute to those members of the Australian Defence Force now on active service overseas, including in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

"Over the years the ceremonies have developed into their modern forms and have seen an increased association with the dawn landings of 25 April 1915".

"I've been so impressed seeing more and more young people involved in services and keeping this incredibly important part of our culture and history alive".

Since 9/11, Anzac Day has fallen against the backdrop of Australian participation in a global war against terrorism.

"People asked me if I was anxious about the forecast".

Maybe we can also remember the choices made by the people in positions of power which caused the deaths of so many and work at ensuring we do not allow this to happen again.

"Coming down here, it's just got to be done".

Thousands of people ran the length of Martin Place on the 90th anniversary of Sydney's first dawn service. They stood with us shoulder-to-shoulder, under fire, doing what had to be done.

You live on, in us.

Navy chaplain Duncan Becsi read the Anzac Dedication.

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Anzac Day is held on April 25 each year on the anniversary of the first landings of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) troops at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

I feel it's a chance to stop for a minute and take the time to be thankful, respectful and honour the ordinary men and women who serve and served their country.

Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, the Defence Force vice chief, will deliver the commemorative address.

He said soldiers and peacekeepers learn an ethic of service to the nation and in return the country was learning an ethic of care for wounded veterans. Those who returned, but never quite came home.

"Amid the bloodshed of the Anzacs developed the essence of the Australian military including the attributes of courage, mateship, survival and dignity", he said.

"Here the reality of war was shown to us".

Director of the memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, said he was proud of the continuing commitment and dedication of everyday Australians to the annual commemoration.

It seems to me that today we are more interested in a day off work than the true meaning of being part of the Anzac history, and that's a bad indictment on society.

"Many went on to endure the mud and blood and tragedy of the Western Front".

Alex spoke of the importance for all communities to remember and support the efforts of veterans - young and old - particularly those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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