Commemorative events will take place across Australia to mark Anzac Day - a day of remembrance in honor of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers - on Thursday, April 25. An increased security presence should be anticipated in the area of events and in urban centers more generally. Memorial services will be held in Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne on Wednesday morning (local time), with an associated parade in Melbourne down St. Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance. Additional events will take place in cities and towns across the country and many stores and businesses are expected to remain closed at least for the morning while events are ongoing.
Observed annually on April 25, Anzac Day is a national memorial holiday in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in war. Anzac Day was originally designated to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who participated in the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, the first major battle involving Australia and New Zealand in World War I.
Individuals present in Australia should remain alert, follow all instructions issued by authorities, and avoid particularly crowded areas. Individuals should anticipate transportation disruptions and plan ahead for congestion and delays.
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