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The ANZAC Tradition

Since the outbreak of World War I, more than 100,000 Australians have died in conflicts and peacekeeping missions around the world. Many others have been injured or have come home changed by their experiences.

On ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, we remember all of the servicemen and women who have put themselves in harm’s way to make sure we are safe.

Australian troops on Menin Road, Ypres, 1917

Menin Road, Ypres, 1917. Australian War Memorial E00731.

Finding out

Would you be willing to undergo hardships so other people, perhaps complete strangers, can live in peace, freedom and safety? What would you be prepared to endure? What would you be willing to give up?

In this video, learn about the sacrifices made by Australians who joined the struggle against authoritarian regimes in World War I.

Sorting out

What threats and hardships did Australians endure in World War I? Which of these frightens you the most?

How many Australians perished in Gallipoli? How many died on the Western Front? What differences can you see between the Gallipoli and the Western Front campaigns? What do they have in common?

Are there particular images in the video that move you more than others? Can you explain why?

Taking action

According to the narrator, why do we pause on ANZAC and Remembrance Days? What ideals are displayed by Australians who risk their lives in service, both now and in the past? Do you think these ideals are shared by Australians today? Are there others you would add to the list?

Do you take time to stop and reflect on ANZAC and Remembrance Days? Do you think it is important for Australians to continue to do so? Why/why not?

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