ANZAC day commemorated today

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ANZAC day ceremony at the Honiara Cenotaph in 2015

A gathering to commemorate the ANZAC day took place at dawn today in Honiara.

People from the local and expatriate communities gathered at The Cenotaph at dawn for the Service of Remembrance.

The Service included readings, hymns, a moving two – minute silence and a wreath laying ceremony during which honoured guests, diplomatic representatives, and members of the public paid tribute to the ANZACS.

The ANZAC tradition was born over 90 years ago on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey during the First World War where the feats of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) forged a legend of mateship, determination, courage and resourcefulness.

Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Rod Brazier says the Anzac Day dawn service reflected the Solomon Islands’ rich wartime past and its shared history with Australian forces.

 “…this year’s dawn service was a time to reflect on some of the memorable wartime events that happened in the Solomons.”

Solomon Islands was the scene of many famous battles between the Allies and the Japanese Empire during World War II, as the two battled fiercely for control of the Pacific.

This year’s ANZAC day celebration is the last to be joined by RAMSI personnel.

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”.

Observed on 25 April each year, ANZAC Day was originally to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.