It was not until the 25th of April 1915, that many came to appreciate the ability of the soldiers from these two nations, in a batter that many could say was a battle lost before it had began. For many Australians and New Zealanders, it stands out as our defining battle that created a shared history, and certainly a shared bond.
Today is ANZAC Day, a public holiday in both Australia and New Zealand. Initially, it was a day to remember a defining battle in both countries military history. Since then, it has become a day to remember not just the original ANZACs, but all who have lost their lives. Prior to this event, relations between Australia and New Zealand had not been the best, but one that created a bond that may not be under estimated.
It is therefore vital, that we remember the people who have fought and died in all conflicts, both those in the defences forces and the civilians.