A soldier stands on a memorial filled with wooden crosses and red poppies during an Anzac Day service at Polygon Wood in Zonnebeke, Belgium on Friday, April 25, 2014. Anzac Day is commemorated by New Zealand and Australia to remember the service of those who fought in all wars. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)The Associated Press
The shadow of an Australian soldier is cast on a monument for fallen soldiers during the wreath-laying ceremonies at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, northern France, during Anzac Day, Friday, April 25, 2014. Anzac Day honors the men of the Australia-New Zealand Army Corps who died in World War I at the 1915 battle for Gallipoli, Turkey. It has since come to honor the sacrifices made by all service members in the Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)The Associated Press
Australian, New Zealand and Belgian soldiers stand on a ridge in front of a World War I monument during an Anzac Day service at Polygon Wood in Zonnebeke, Belgium on Friday, April 25, 2014. Anzac Day is commemorated by New Zealand and Australia to remember the service of those who fought in all wars. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)The Associated Press
A veteran uses a disposable rain coat to fend off the rain during the ANZAC Day parade, in Sydney, Friday, April 25, 2014, commemorating the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the First World War. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)The Associated Press
Poppy wreaths line the stairs leading to walls which contain names of missing soldiers from World War One at the Menin Gate in Ieper, Belgium on Thursday, April 24, 2014. A ceremony for ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corp) day will be held at the Menin Gate on Friday. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)The Associated Press
BRUSSELS – Australians and New Zealanders united from drenched Sydney to the World War I battlefields in Europe to honor their war dead on ANZAC Day, one year ahead of the centenary of their emblematic campaign in Gallipoli.
Thousands of visitors traveled to Turkey for Friday's solemn ceremony on the Gallipoli peninsula where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on 25 April, 1915 for an unsuccessful and bloody eight-month campaign.
At the other side of the European front line, Australian and New Zealand families gathered for similar ceremonies in Ypres, where thousands of their ancestors fell during fierce battles along the Western front and in Flanders fields.
Major ceremonies were also held in France and Britain.