April 24, 1915, is the day set aside to remember the Armenian victims of the genocide that occurred as a result of the Ottoman Empire’s actions against the Armenian people in 1915, during World War I. On April 25, 1915, Australian and New Zealander troops landed at Gallipoli in what is now Turkey, along with other Allied troops, to fight the Ottoman Empire, who allied with Germany in the war. The troops fought bravely, although they were not able to accomplish all of their goals. Beginning in 1920, New Zealand officially declared April 25 as ANZAC Day, in remembrance of not only the troops who had died in the Gallipoli landing, but all Australians and New Zealanders who had died in World War I. Australia soon followed, with ANZAC Day being declared a legal holiday throughout Australia by the end of the 1920s. Since then, ANZAC Day has come to be a day to remember all veterans, living and dead, who have served in the Australian and New Zealand military, as well as those currently serving.
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Today’s story follows Camilla as she tries to understand why her father, who is in the military, cannot be home for her birthday.
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