Here in the United States, we tend to reflect on history as it pertains to us.  We look back at the tragedy of war through a specifically American perspective, and with good reason.  Our holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day aren’t intended to simply celebrate the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women that served our country, they’re meant to be reminders of the cost of freedom and our very way of life, but just as the United States often heads into battle alongside brothers and sisters in arms from other nations, we should take a moment to consider the price they’ve paid along with us, as not all of the blood of patriots and heroes that has been spilled in the fight against tyranny was our own.

April 25th of each year is a just such an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by our allies, as people all over Australia and New Zealand celebrate their own iteration of Veterans or Memorial Day, Anzac Day.

Anzac Day derives its name and date from a brave group of soldiers sent from the newly federated Australia and its neighboring nation of New Zealand who were tasked with joining a World War I allied expedition to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies and ultimately capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.  The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps tasked with the operation soon found their name shortened simply to Anzac, a title they wore proudly.

The Anzac fighters landed on Gallipoli at dawn on April 25th, 1915, intent on quickly defeating the Ottoman Turks and paving the way for Allied advances.  Unfortunately, they found themselves amidst a brutal fight, and soon their offensive operation had reached a stale mate.