Anzac Day is commemorated by Tonga and numerous nations on 25 April. The ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) forces that landed at Gallipoli to fight the Turks over 100 years ago, on 25 April 2015, is the reason for the name and for the date.
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Tongan troops joined ranks with the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War I, and some of them died on the battlefield. Anzac Day is Tonga’s way of remembering those who fought and died in World War I on the Allied side. At the time, Tonga was a British protectorate.
Over the years, Anzac Day has broadened in meaning to include all who died or served in any and all wars and military operations. Thus, it does not have to fade away just because there are few if any World War I veterans still alive.
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