New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland

Anzac Day Commemoration – 99th Anniversary

Each year on 25 April New Zealand and Australia commemorate Anzac Day – remembering the landing of New Zealand and Australian forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in Turkey, in 1915.

On the occasion of the 99th anniversary, the New Zealand and Australian Embassies in Warsaw held a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pilsudskiego Square, commemorating the sacrifice of soldiers who fought in many different arenas of war over the past century.

“Here in Poland, we remember the brotherhood-in-arms shared with Polish comrades whom we fought alongside in several theatres of war.  One of these was the Battle of Monte Cassino where all our troops paid a very heavy price, but ultimately saw the Polish flag raised above the ruined monastery” said Ambassador Wendy Hinton during her speech.

A number of distinguished guests participated in the ceremony including representatives of the Embassies of Great Britain, the United States of America, Canada, Turkey, Germany and delegations from the Ministry of National Defence, National Security Bureau, Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression. War veterans from the Carpathian Brigade, who fought alongside Australians and New Zealanders during the Second World War in Tobruk and Monte Cassino as well as in the Battle of Britain also joined us for the occasion.

After the ceremony the New Zealand Embassy welcomed guests to a reception at which our veteran friends recounted fascinating stories of their interaction with New Zealand troops at Monte Cassino.

We would like to thank everyone, who attended this 99th commemoration of Anzac Day and we hope to see you again at the 100th anniversary next year.    

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