Australia and New Zealand: Anzac Day

Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is celebrated each April 25 and marks the anniversary of the first major military campaign fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the World War I. It was expanded to include casualties in the countries’ military forces.

Commonwealth of Nations: Remembrance Day

Many countries belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations – which primarily consists of former English colonies – recognize Remembrance Day, originally Armistice Day, on Nov. 11. The date commemorates the signing of an armistice agreement by Allies and Germany on Nov. 11, 1918 in Compiègne, France, ending World War I. It remembers those who served, and continue to serve in times of conflict and peace.

England: Remembrance Sunday

England celebrates Remembrance Sunday on the second Sunday of November. The commemoration, led by Queen Elizabeth II, remembers those who have died in all world wars and other conflicts. At 11 a.m., by tradition, a two-minute period of silence is observed across the country.

Israel: Yom Hazikaron

Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, begins May 7 and ends May 8. It was enacted into law in

1963 and remembers not just service members, but also civilian victims of


Netherlands: Dodenherdenking

Dodenherdenking, Remembrance of the Dead, is commemorated May 4-5. On May 4, the country remembers the victims of war, while May 5, it celebrates its liberation.

Nigeria: Memorial Day

Nigerian Memorial Day is held on Jan. 15, commemorating the end of the Nigerian civil war in 1970.

Germany: Volkstrauertag

Volkstrauertag is observed in November on the Sunday two weeks before the beginning of Advent. The day commemorates service members and civilians who died in armed conflicts, including victims of acts of oppression.

South Korea: Memorial Day

Memorial Day in South Korea is held each year on June 6 and remembers service members killed during the Korean War and other conflicts.

Information provided by the Australian War Memorial, the Royal UK website, The National Committee for 4 and 5 May, Korean Tourism Organization, Encyclopedia Britannica and Veterans Affairs of Canada.

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