The ANZAC spirit

The legend of ANZAC was born on 25 April 1915, and was reaffirmed in eight months’ fighting on Gallipoli. Although there was no military victory, the Australians displayed great courage, endurance, initiative, discipline, and mateship. Such qualities came to be seen as the ANZAC spirit.

Many saw the ANZAC spirit as having been born of egalitarianism and mutual support. According to the stereotype, the ANZAC rejected unnecessary restrictions, possessed a sardonic sense of humour, was contemptuous of danger, and proved himself the equal of anyone on the battlefield.

Australians still invoke the ANZAC spirit in times of conflict, danger and hardship.

Tell us what ANZAC means to you

The word “ANZAC” has different meanings for different people, and so remains open to interpretation.

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The honour of their deeds and those who fought in later conflicts helped shape the destiny of a people who value decency and mateship, who strive for fairness and stand up for what is right, whatever the cost.

Prime Minister John Howard, Baghdad, ANZAC Day 2004