Anzac Day: Community Pauses for Day of Commemoration
25 April 2018 – Hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders in Hong Kong turned out at the Cenotaph in Central to commemorate Anzac Day.
Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. This year's commemoration marked the 103nd anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) landings at Gallipoli and continues the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018.
Gallipoli was Australia's first major military battle after it became a sovereign country. Over 8,000 Australians and 2500 New Zealanders lost their lives and around 26,000 wounded who fought in the fruitless eight-month campaign.
“Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who have served and died in war and on operational service to this present day,” Australian Consul-General Michaela Browning said.
“Anzac Day is not about glorifying war. It is about honouring ordinary people who are asked to make an extraordinary commitment for their country.
“The Anzac spirit, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for Australia’s sense of national identity.”
Australians and New Zealanders in Hong Kong stood to attention soon after dawn, while a bugler sounded “The Last Post” to honour the fallen.
Today’s commemoration involved the laying of wreaths by government officials, community and business groups, veteran’s groups and others.
The ceremony was followed by a 'Gunfire' breakfast. '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, including in those with large Australian and New Zealander expat communities.
*Note to Editors:
Photos from this morning’s service are available for download at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeCTUvb
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