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Anzac Day Services - We Remembered

published  First Published: 25/04/2011
Article written by: Nigel Brookson

 

Anzac Day services around the country have been attended by tens of thousands of people, to commemorate the 96th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove.

At the National War Memorial in Canberra, it is estimated between 25,000 and 30,000 people observed the traditional minutes silence.

Chaplain Mark Willis, addressing the service, said the event was not about glorifying war, or gloating in victory, but rather to remember the men and women who had given their lives for their country.

 

"Ordinary men and women who are prepared to make personal sacrifices for the freedom and quality of life that we enjoy today," he said.

At the 'Martin Place Cenotaph' in Sydney at least 5,000 attended the city's major dawn service, despite rain.

The crowd extended more than ten rows deep around the area reserved for the public at the cenotaph.

Major General David Morrison said while addressing the service, Anzac Day is about celebrating as much as it is about remembrance.

"Through our assembly we witness both their service and our continuing commitment to this vibrant country that exercises its democracy in such a robust and distinctly Australian way...
In promising to remember them, we affirm the future that they have wanted for us."

In Brisbane, again thousands attended the service before the procession of veterans and their families walked to Brisbane's Anzac Square.

Perth saw tens of thousands of people gathering at the War Memorial in Kings Park.

The dawn service recognises all Australians who have served and died or been injured in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

Thousands of New Zealanders likewise gathered for dawn services in New Zealand.

Soldiers and the Turkish Ambassador to New Zealand gathered at the Wellington cenotaph for the ceremony.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is in South Korea commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong and will attend a dawn service in Seoul.

It is expected the Prime Minister will lay a wreath at the Australian National Korean War Memorial later.

 

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