Anzac Day: Remembering the fallen

Patrons and family members pay their respects to fallen comrades during the Anzac Day ceremony in Suva this morning. Picture: ATU RASEA

A MOVING ceremony to remember fallen military personnel of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Force was held this morning at the Suva Military Cemetery to commemorate Anzac Day.
The ceremony was organised by the Australia High Commission and was attended by representative of the diplomatic corp, NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr, Republic of Fiji Military Force commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto and top senior military officers, members of the ex-servicemen and members of the New Zealand Air Force, as well as some Australian military officers.
In delivering the keynote address for an event celebrated by the Australian and New Zealand Defence Force in whichever country they are serving in, Mr Curr said year after year, on Anzac day, people heard stories about the courage of Australian and New Zealand men and women who risked everything in the service of their countries at Gallipolli peninsula in Turkey.
Approximately 50,000 Australians served at Gallipoli and from 14,000 to 17,000 New Zealanders during the war from February to April, 1915.
The memorial service started at 5am where representatives from various organisations laid wreaths at the sacrificial cross at the Suva Military Cemetery.
More in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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