Fort Benning sunrise service recognizes Australian Memorial Day

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – Australian Memorial Day was recognized as part of a tradition in a sunrise service at Fort Benning Tuesday morning.

Members of the Australian Army stationed here organized a traditional ANZAC service along the Memorial Walk of Honor at the National Infantry Museum.

Those who gathered say over the past century, the U.S. and Australia have stood by each other in war and peace.

"Every single conflict since World War I Australia has fought alongside our American brothers. This is a friendship that has lasted a great test of the century and for us to know that our friendship has endured across the great oceans that divide our great countries and there is a symbol that recognizes the sacrifices that both of our countries have made right here at Fort Benning means a great deal to our country," said Major David Gandy, Instructor at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

This day is observed every year on April 25.

It is to honor the 78,000 soldiers who died at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

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