New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland

ANZAC Day 2010 commemorations

The annual ANZAC Day commemorations took place in Warsaw, Pilsudskiego Square at noon on Monday, 26 April. The ceremony included remembrance speeches by Dr Penelope Ridings, the New Zealand Ambassador and Ms Ruth Pearce, the Australian Ambassador, which were followed by a wreath laying.

Among the guests who attended was Minister Jan Ciechanowski, Acting Head of the Office for War Veterans and Repressed Persons, Ambassadors of New Zealand, Australia, Turkey and Canada, high ranking officials from the Polish Armed Forces, Polish Ministry of National Defence, World War II veterans, representatives of the Monte Cassino Schools and Organisations Association and representatives of the New Zealand and Australian communities. The Ode was read in both English and Maori by Lt Emily Hume, of the New Zealand Armed Forces.

In her address, the New Zealand Ambassador said: "ANZAC Day is a time of reflection and remembrance of the sacrifice of those who have fought in many different arenas of war over the past century. We remember those who have died as a result of the scourge of war. And we remember the war-time courage and suffering of the Polish people. (...) As the years go by, the torch of remembrance is passed to future generations. Let us remember now and in the future those who served their countries with honour and distinction. Let us learn from the sacrifice of others and work for peace in the world." The Ambassador also expressed her condolences and admiration for the conduct of the Polish people after the tragic plane disaster of the 10th of April this year.

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