Beginnings of the memorial anzac day

Beginnings of the memorial anzac day

On April 30 1915, when the first news of the landing reached New Zealand, a half-day holiday was declared and impromptu services were held. The following year a public holiday was gazetted on 5 April and services to commemorate were organized by the returned servicemen.
From 1916 onwards, in both Australia and New Zealand, Anzac services were held on or about April 25, mainly organized by returned servicemen and school children in cooperation with local authorities.
ANZAC Day was not gazetted as a public holiday in New Zealand until 1921, after lobbying by the RSA. In Australia, at the 1921 state premiers conference it was decided that ANZAC Day would be observed on the 25 April each year. However it was not observed uniformly in all the states.
One of the traditions of ANZAC Day is the 'gunfire breakfast', which occurs shortly after any dawn ceremonies.