New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada

Joint Media Release by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions in Canada

ANZAC DAY MEMORIAL SERVICES IN OTTAWA - 2012

Each year, the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions in Ottawa join to host a commemorative ANZAC Day service.

ANZAC Day - April 25 - is Australia and New Zealand’s most important national day of commemoration. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces on 25 April 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. The anniversary is commemorated annually in Australia and in many countries around the world.

This year’s ANZAC Day commemoration in Ottawa will be hosted by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, in partnership with the Canadian War Museum. The ceremony will follow the lines of a traditional remembrance service, and a traditional ‘gunfire breakfast’ will take place afterwards in the Museum's cafeteria.

We are pleased to announce that this year’s service will be attended by The Hon. Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Defence, The Hon. John Baird, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs and The Hon. Steven Blaney P.C., M.P., Minister of Veterans Affairs. In addition to these guests there will also be representatives from Canadian and Provincial Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Canadian War Museum, remembrance organizations in Ottawa and current and retired military personnel. Members of the public are also welcome to attend the service and the subsequent breakfast.

The ceremony will take place at The Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Le Breton Flats, with the ceremony scheduled to start at 8 am sharp on Wednesday 25 April 2012. 

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