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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Thursday is a special day at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus as dozens gather to celebrate Anzac Day.

Anzac stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps and April 25 is their national day of remembrance.

It was originally designated to honor the 78,000 Anzac soldiers who died in Turkey during World War I.

Today, it more broadly commemorates all who served in military operations in Australia and New Zealand.

We spoke with Lt. Col. Michael Ahern, the guest speaker who is also the Australian army liaison officer to the Maneuver Center at Fort Benning. He explains why spending the day with these soldiers makes Anzac Day even better.

"We've got a very long relationship of being comrades and brothers in arms and fighting together so to be here with my US colleagues and so many US distinguished visitors - it's a very special way for us to commemorate Anzac Day," he said.

The commemoration was held in front of the 173rd Memorial at the National Infantry Museum because it is something that brings everyone together.

It has the names of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers on it that fought with the 173rd Brigade in Vietnam in 1965.

It is the only memorial in the U.S. with Australian and New Zealand fallen on it.

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