As the Philippines remembered its Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan) last April 9, this week Australia remembers a parallel event known as Australian New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day. ANZAC Day is celebrated every April 25 when both armies landed on Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I.
These days, however, Australia remembers not only World War I veterans but its soldiers who fought in the Second World War, Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Last month, Australia also had a closure for one of its World War II mystery–the loss of HMS Sydney. The discovery of the wreckage of the ill-fated war ship brought some closure to more than half century of mystery where it sank and what happened to its men.
The investigation as to what really happened to the HMS Sydney is on-going and while some answers will be answered this ANZAC Day will definitely have great significance in Australia as claimed by Western Australia Premier Alan Carpenter.