Anzac Day is a national day of commemorating those who served and died in all wars and conflicts involving the nation. This event is held every 25th of April and serves as a national day of remembrance to honor the members of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who valiantly fought at Gallipoli during World War I.

As part of the memorial services, a dawn service is held every year to honor those who served. Back in the day the services were restricted to veterans, but recently family members and other well-wishers were allowed to participate, drawing large crowds. Today’s dawn service was no exemption, as Sydney had one of its best crowd turnouts in years. Names of those who died in service are flashed on the big screen. The service is rounded up with the Last Post playing in the background.

The men and women who sacrificed their lives in Australia, New Zealand and around the world are victims of the cruelties of war. At the end of it all, no one wins. John F. Kennedy couldn’t have said it any better: Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.

Read more about this on the Sydney Morning Herald website.