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'Diggers' honored at ANZAC Day events

THE solemn silence of pre-dawn services gave way to marching bands and the clink of beer glasses yesterday, as Australians and New Zealanders marked their annual tribute to military veterans.

Millions turned out for events in both countries to mark the 94th annual ANZAC Day, a celebration named for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served in the nations' famous defeat at the battle of Gallipoli, a futile effort to invade Turkey during the World War I.

The day honors all past and present military personnel - particularly the World War I and World War II forces Australians call "Diggers" - with ticker-tape parades and services in both countries.

"As the dawn is even now about to pierce the night, so let their memory inspire us to work for the coming new light into the dark places of the world," New South Wales State Governor Marie Bashir said at the Sydney service.


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