ANZAC Day observed at National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC

Published: 26 April 2022

Special to the Doughboy Foundation web site

An aerial view of the WWI memorial


A large crowd gathered before dawn on April 25th, 2022 at the National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC to participate in ANZAC Day ceremonies hosted by the Australian and New Zealand embassies to the United States. This event in 2024 starts at 5:20 a.m. at the Memorial, and is open to the public.

Each year on the 25th of April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day to recognise the sacrifices that Australian and New Zealand servicemen and servicewomen have made not only in defending their country, but in upholding their nations’ longstanding commitment to peace and security.

To mark this special occasion in 2022, the Embassies of Australia and New Zealand hosted a dawn service at The National World War I Memorial in Washington, DC to pay reverence to the martyred soldiers.

ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand military forces during World War One. The first ANZAC commemoration services were held in 1916, in towns and cities across both countries, and overseas in London and at the Australian Army Camp in Egypt. Following this tradition, every year at daybreak on the 25th of April, Australians and New Zealanders gather around the world to commemorate and pay tribute to all of those who have served in the two nations’ militaries.

The services remember those who never returned, those who returned injured and impacted from battle, and those who maintained the home front. Those who are currently serving their nation around the world are also acknowledged. Participants in ANZAC Day ceremonies also reflect on the commitment of both countries to peace and security.

Three people stand in front of the WWI memorialAmbassadors from Australia and New Zealand led the ANZAC Day remembrance ceremony at the National World War I Washington, DC.

A large crowd at night

A close-up on "Lest We Forget" wreaths

New Zealand, US, and Australia flags at dawn

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