on this day, 1915 ANZAC (Australian,New Zealand Army Corps) troops landed in anzac cove as part of an alled expidition to capture what is now known as istanbul, this became known very well as the gallipoli campaign and the experiences and deeds of those soldiers has reated what s now known as the anzac legend, and every year we celebrate anzac day to commemerate the sacrafices of these soldiers who, upon landing under heavy fire (somewhat similar to omaha D-Day landings), surrounded by hieghts, rushed up and took those cliff positions withou bullets, in fact i dont think they even primed their guns until that goal was taken.
-even though the gallipol campaign was ultimately a failure with anzac troops withdrawing on the 15th of december. the campaign is seen by many to be a 'baptism of fire' for th australian people who, when war broke out had only been a federation and a seperate country of the commonwealth for only 14 years. lets fac it 14 years isnt that lng, most of US have been around longer than 14 year (albeit not in that decade)
today the qualities of the anzac spirit such as mateship, being a larriken (foolhardy, cheerful , etc) as well as selfless determination are qualities that many australians swear by today.
although interestingly enough, today is ALSO good friday for the orthodox christian tradition, whos calander differs at points due to use of a different measuring system for religous events. and as a greek orthodox christan. i find that somewhat auspicious, (and annoying since i lose a 'true day off' since im in my holiday week)