Oh a bit like our Waitangi Day, which I'm sure Stillraining knows all to well
That's a big National Day for us. It celebrates the day way way back (1840) when the Queen of England
said her troops would stop shooting the Maori's if they stopped eating her soldiers. Seems to have worked pretty well but the locals still brewed up a few Frenchmen as they kept trying to pinch the cute women.
And we have ANZAC Day where the entire country stops for the day and remembers the Soldiers who fought for us over all the years. It's huge and every town right down to the 1 horse ones gets out to lay wreaths and remember. At 1pm that more formal part finishes and then we all drink to excess. Being a small country 90% of us have lost family
in some war sadly. Aussie has the same and it's large there as well. The NZ and Aussie forces have always fought side by side in everything hence the ANZAC, which stands for the 'Australia and NZ Army Corp'. That's a tad historical now as we have separate Armed Forces these days.
Must have been a hell of a rough time, in both countries, back then. So to all who slugged it out, staved it out and still just got on with it, I'm sure we are all very very Thankful.