Anzac Day was first observed by both Australia and New Zealand on April 25 1916, in remembrance of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought together at Gallipoli during WW1.  Today, ANZAC Day commemorates Australians and New Zealanders who died and served in all military operations. Anzac Day is also observed in Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue.

Anzac Day is an important national day for both Australia and New Zealand and is marked by a national holiday. The Centenary of the Gallipoli landing (1915) is on April 25, 2015.  Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, focusing on the 100 years since our nationís involvement in WW1 - The First World War 1914 - 1918.

Anzac Day observance focuses on dawn services at war memorials in both countries and featuring the The Last Post performed on the bugle.

The name 'ANZAC Cove' was officially recognised by the Turkish government on Anzac Day in 1985.  Many people now travel to Gallipoli each year to to be present at the commemorative service at ANZAC Cove on April 25.  A ballot to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 was recently held and people who applied have been notified of the outcome of their application.

The ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice is a very important aspect of Australian national identity. Many refer to it as the spirit of the ANZACS.

Music and song used in Australia on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day - 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice. The song was recorded March 2001.  Over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives in the service and defence of our country. Along with their mates, they're marching once again, in the towns and cities, across our great land.of their mates left behind, and the ones that have passed on before them.

Many Australians who lost their lives in war weren't thinking they could save the world or defeat evil regimes. As on the hills at Gallipoli, the trenches of France, the patrols in Vietnam, in the freezing Korean weather, or on the rugged Kokoda Track, Australians were looking after their mates alongside them.  Many Australian veterans, have in past generations, and now in the present generation, marched on ANZAC Day in memory of their mates left behind, and the ones that have passed on before them.

Sheet music, lyrics, backing track and song mp3 is available for download.  Sheet music includes full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit. The song's YouTube Channel has well over two million video views, with most viewing videos relating to the popular Australian war memorial song. Other websites: South Australian Song Northern Territory Song

Peter Barnes initiated this song in early 2001. He is the author (and copyright owner) of the song and he created the concept, title and lyrics.

'Can you hear Australia's heroes marching?' © Peter Barnes 2001 - 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Anzac Day is an important national day in Australia and is marked by a national holiday.
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