Lest We Forget: Big crowd attends Anzac service in Hong Kong
(25 April 2019) – Over 700 people have gathered in front of the Cenotaph in Central early today during the annual Anzac Day service. They came to pay their respects to those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of Australia and New Zealand.
Anzac Day, is a very special day for Australians and New Zealanders. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in Gallipoli, Turkey during the World War One.
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.
“Anzac Day goes beyond the Gallipoli landings – it honours the men and women who served and died in war and in more recent times in peace-keeping missions as well,” Australian Consul-General Ms Michaela Browning said.
“Anzac Day doesn't glorify war, but celebrates the human spirit – the spirt of Anzac. The Anzac legend, with its endurance, courage, ingenuity and mateship continues to shape our national identity and reflects how the spirit of our nation was forged.”
Today’s commemoration started at 6:15 am and involved the laying of wreaths by the Consuls-General of Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and the United Kingdom, community and business groups, veteran’s groups and others. Many participants were wearing the medals earned by their family members who served.
Early morning traffic around the Cenotaph was stopped momentarily as the haunting sound of the Last Post was played by a Hong Kong Police Band bugler. It symbolises the fact that the duty of the dead soldier is over and that they can rest in peace.
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.
Photos from this morning’s service are available for download at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmbRewNg
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CONSULATE-GENERAL MEDIA CONTACTS:
Mr Gavin McDougall Tel: +852 2585 4418
Ms Simmy Lam Tel: +852 2585 4482