25 April 2017
Lest we forget: Anzac Day in Hong Kong
More than 700 Australians and New Zealanders have braved gloomy skies to attend today’s Anzac Day service at the Hong Kong Cenotaph.
Anzac Day is the most significant day of remembrance for the people of two nations marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I.
Today, Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915. It is the day on which we remember those who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations throughout our country’s history.
Australian Consul-General Michaela Browning said, “Today we not only remember what the Anzacs did in the war, but also for what they did to shape our nation.
“The Anzac spirit, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, has become an important part of our national identity and continues to shape our future.
“It is our duty to ensure that this spirit is passed on to new generations to treasure, respect and honour as an important part of our nation’s character”, Ms Browning continued.
The landing at Gallipoli was Australia's first major military battle after it became a sovereign country. Of the 60,000 Australians who fought in the fruitless eight-month campaign, around 26,000 were wounded and around 8,000 were killed.
Australians and New Zealanders in Hong Kong stood to attention soon after dawn, while a bugler played the Last Post to honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace.
Today’s commemoration involved the laying of wreaths by officials, community and business groups, veteran’s groups and others.
A 'Gunfire' breakfast followed. 'Gunfire' was originally a military term referring to a cup of coffee, tea or milk with rum served to troops in the early morning.
Anzac Day services are held in almost every city and town across Australia and in many countries around the world.
*Note to Editors:
Photos from this morning’s service are available for download at http://bit.ly/AnzacDay2017-Media
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