Australian and New Zealand communities in Hong Kong Commemorate Anzac Day with dawn service at The Cenotaph

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25th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Australian and New Zealand communities gathered at The Cenotaph in Hong Kong to mark Anzac Day with a solemn dawn service today, paying tribute to the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli during World War I and all those who have served in subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

Anzac Day, celebrated annually on April 25th, holds profound significance for Australians and New Zealanders as it commemorates the first major military engagement by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The day has since evolved to honor the service and sacrifice of all military personnel from both nations.

The service in Hong Kong, attended by around 300 community members, including representatives from the Australian International School and the Australian and New Zealand Chambers of Commerce, began at dawn—the same time the original ANZAC forces landed at Gallipoli. This timing is a traditional element of commemorative services held globally, symbolizing the first moments of that fateful day.

Australian Consul-General Gareth Williams highlighted the enduring importance of Anzac Day to the expatriate community. “Anzac Day is a cornerstone in our calendar, where we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of Australians and New Zealanders,” he stated. “It’s a time to come together to remember those who have given their lives, and to celebrate the enduring values of loyalty, selflessness, and bravery that define our service members.”

New Zealand Consul-General Peter Lund echoed these sentiments, noting the significant participation in the day’s events not only in Hong Kong but also across Australia and New Zealand. “It’s heartening to see such robust engagement, especially among the younger generations who are actively partaking in these commemorations,” said Lund.