About 300 Australians and 100 New Zealanders have gathered together in Iraq to celebrate this year’s Anzac Day.
Besides commemorating the day the troops are also preparing for the fight in eradicating the Islamic State from the face of the earth.
Australians, who have networks going way back to the Anzac Cove and the Western Front, will train Iraqis to help them fight the enemy named Daesh, according to Stuff NZ.
In Australia, dawn services to honor the 101st landing of the Australian and New Zealand troops in Gallipoli service is currently happening at the Martin Palace in Sydney where Australian and New Zealand luminaries are present.
About 45,000 visitors also visited the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne as well as the Botanic Gardens, with national service being held in the nation’s capital Canberra.
Peter Meehan, the master of ceremonies, spoke about the sacrifices of the fallen troops at the service in Melbourne “Today we remember courage and unity and think about self-worth and decency in the face of fear.”
The flags of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were raised at half-mast, however, they were raised once gunshots rang and the Last Post was played.
Other important people who were present at the service in Melbourne were Premier Daniel Andrews, federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton, the Daily Mail reported. They laid poppies within the shrine’s inner sanctum.
Those who were unable to attend the dawn services can still honor their fallen countrymen by laying their wreaths and other things they can offer at any time of the day, as well as baking some well-known Aussie cookies and biscuits.
For those not in the know, April 25 is considered a special holiday in both Australia and New Zealand, where it was first conceived by the then-Mayor of Brisbane back in 1916.