As the sun rose on 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers faced their first major battle of World War I. They fought with endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour, and mateship – values we’ve come to know as the ANZAC spirit, and values that live on in us.  

Every year since, Australians have gathered to remember their legacy and that of all who have followed in their footsteps.  



It's within all of us. We live it every day. We push ourselves and each other. We look out for our mates and we remember those who've gone before.

That's the ANZAC spirit.

Postcards of honour 

This ANZAC Day students from more than 170 schools across Queensland penned thousands of postcards to acknowledge and honour veterans for their service. This initiative was a first of its kind, launched by RSL Queensland.

“Seeing the students come together to work on this activity, it gave a sense of mateship. They bounced ideas off each other, reflecting on how we can reflect and remember and why we are here. It has been great to witness and be a part of.” said Nick, a teacher at Beachmere State School. 

The completed postcards were collected by local RSL Sub Branches and distributed to veterans on ANZAC Day, with some displayed in Sub Branches for all to see.

Read more

ANZAC DAY Articles

Lest We Forget wreath


The values exemplified by the ANZACs have since been characterised as the ‘ANZAC spirit’. But what are these values, and how can we pay them forward? 

Read more

Annette Love with her family at an ANZAC Day commemoration


From a young age, third-generation veteran Annette Love was inspired to serve her country. Read her family’s story of courage, sacrifice and resilience. 

Read more

Historical black and white photograph of soldiers in Gallipoli


ANZAC Day history began in the darkness
before dawn, as Australian and New Zealand soldiers
rowed towards Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. 

Read more

ANZAC Day commemorations a true community event

ANZAC Day commemorations a true community event

Growing 25 times bigger in 30 years, Tamborine Mountain’s Dawn Service – like so many around Australia – unites its tight-knit community in a special way. 

Read more


Traditions of ANZAC Day

The Traditions of ANZAC Day

From ANZAC biscuits and rosemary to the Dawn Service and the Last Post, ANZAC Day traditions are wreathed in meaning. Find out why and how they came to be. 

Read more

Lieutenant James Kennedy - 26 Battalion AIF

Returning Australia's Lost Soliders

How Lieutenant Colonel Tim Dawe and Unrecovered War Casualties – Army find and commemorate the lost Australian men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. 


For any media enquiries contact the media team on 0436 012 535.

That's The ANZAC Spirit