ANZAC or Anzac? Which one should we use? This might seem like a small thing, but it’s actually a really important part of remembering the sacrifices made by soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.
ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, which was formed in 1915 during World War I. It was made up of soldiers from both countries who were sent to fight in a place called Gallipoli, which is now in modern-day Turkey.
When the soldiers arrived at Gallipoli, they were given the name ANZAC, and it became a symbol of their bravery and determination in the face of great hardship. The name ANZAC is now used to refer to all Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have served in wars and conflicts.
But here’s the thing: when we use the word ANZAC, we need to use all capital letters. That’s because it’s a specific term that refers to that group of soldiers who fought in Gallipoli. For all other uses, we should use Anzac with a capital A and lowercase letters.
The rules around using the word Anzac were created to help us remember and honour the sacrifices made by soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. It’s important to show respect for the ANZACs and the things they went through.
So, when we talk about Anzac Day, which is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, or when we talk about the Anzacs, we should always use a capital A and lowercase letters. But when we’re talking specifically about the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, we should use all capital letters and write it as ANZAC.
By following these rules, we can make sure we’re showing proper respect to the soldiers who fought for our countries. If you want to learn more about the rules around using the word Anzac, you can visit the Ministry for Culture and Heritage website or read the Anzac Day Act 1966.