ANZAC Day in Buenos Aires
This Tuesday ANZAC Day will commemorated as always by a morning ceremony at the Australian Embassy (by invitation only, to be checked at the door). Ambassadors Noel Campbell (Australia) and Raylene Liufalani (New Zealand) will be jointly heading this tribute to the First World War veterans of their countries.
To those unfamiliar with this institution of now more than a century, it marks the Gallipoli landing of April 25, 1915 when an Anglo-French force (including almost 60,000 troops in the Australia & New Zealand Army Corps or ANZAC) invaded that peninsula within striking distance of the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (today Istanbul). Although this drive was a military failure and was called off at the end of that year, the “ANZAC spirit” born out of all the hardships and heavy losses is widely seen by both Oceanian countries as the birth of their nationhood.