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With Anzac Day on the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli each year, it’s understandable some confuse it as a day honouring just that, or focus mainly on it. But it’s still an annual bugbear for me.

Gallipoli’s an amazing story, and Australians’ and New Zealanders’ heroic efforts on that fool’s errand for the British Empire played a huge role in national development Down Under. I don’t belittle it for a second.

But it’s important to note that Anzac Day, as the Australian War Memorial says, is to honour those “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.

Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Greece, PNG, too many to list and many of them surprise Brit friends I mention them to.

Seeing it marked by so many young people at places other than Gallipoli adds value to the day.

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Opinion: Anzac Day goes far past Gallipoli
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