On Anzac Day each year, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate their war dead. ANZAC Day honours the men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who died during the almost-suicidal landings at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles.
IT IS the first time since its dedication in 2006, that the New Zealand Memorial will host the service. The Australian and New Zealand memorials are located diagonally opposite each other at Hyde Park Corner and in the continuing spirit of ANZAC, the Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners have agreed that the dawn service will be held in alternating years at each country’s memorial, with wreath laying each year at both.
Acting New Zealand High Commissioner, Bronwen Chang says that having the dawn service at the New Zealand Memorial is a great honour.
“We are pleased and proud that all those attending the dawn service will be able to pay their respects at both memorials on this important day of remembrance.”
Acting Australian High Commissioner, Frances Adamson, said: “Australians and New Zealanders of all generations are encouraged to attend this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations in London. All will be welcome.”
As well as commemorating the courage and sacrifice of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in 1915, ANZAC Day provides Australians and New Zealanders with the opportunity to commemorate all our fellow countrymen and women who have died in war and to honour our servicemen and women who have served, and continue to serve, both countries around the world.
ANZAC events are jointly organised by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions and Defence Staffs in London. They include a dawn service at Hyde Park Corner, wreath laying parade and ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall followed by a service of commemoration held at Westminster Abbey.
Both Acting High Commissioners welcome Australians, New Zealanders and friends to attend one or more of these services to pay their respects, both to those who have served and those who continue to serve their countries.
ANZAC Day events in London
5am dawn service, New Zealand Memorial, Hyde Park Corner:
Before the first light of dawn, the eerie sound of a lone piper in the dark will call those assembled to order before the ceremony begins. The ceremony will be followed by a wreath laying at the Australian War Memorial.
11am Whitehall wreath laying parade and ceremony:
On the first chime of Big Ben representatives of the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions lay wreaths together. They are followed by representatives of other countries whose armed forces fought in the Gallipoli campaign, along with various service and ex-service organisations.
12 noon Westminster Abbey commemoration service:
The service has a particular Antipodean nature with waiata performed by Ngati Ranana, representatives from London’s Maori community.
For details on ANZAC Day events in London and at other UK/European locations, as well as ticket information for the Westminster Abbey service, please visit www.uk.embassy.gov.au