New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation
Anzac Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
This year, for the first time, Australian Ambassador Paul Myler and New Zealand Ambassador Hamish Cooper laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexandrovskiy Gardens.
Each year on 25 April, Australians and New Zealanders gather to remember the servicemen and women who have served their nation in times of war. On 25 April 1915, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders landed with other allied forces on the shores of Gallipoli, Turkey, beginning a hard-fought campaign that lasted eight months. Conceived by Allied High Command as a means of relieving pressure on Russia by securing a supply route through the Dardanelles to the Black Sea, the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful. But, it was on the Gallipoli Peninsula that the ANZAC legend was born - a defining moment in shaping New Zealand's national identity. The Australian and New Zealand communities in Moscow, with Russian guests and representatives of other Embassies, gathered early on 25 April at the New Zealand Embassy for a traditional Dawn Service to commemorate the occasion.
This year, for the first time, Australian Ambassador Paul Myler and New Zealand Ambassador Hamish Cooper laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexandrovskiy Gardens to recognise the connection between the Gallipoli campaign and Russia's role in World War I and to acknowledge the incredible sacrifices made by the Russian people in both World Wars.