New Zealand Embassy, Moscow, Russian Federation
Anzac Day Wreath Laying Ceremony
The Australian and New Zealand communities in Moscow, with Russian guests and representatives of other Embassies, gathered early on 25 April at the residence of the Australian Ambassador for a traditional Dawn Service to commemorate Anzac Day.
After the service Australian Ambassador Paul Myler and New Zealand Ambassador Hamish Cooper laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexandrovskiy Gardens beside the Kremlin 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.
Anzac Day which is commemorated on 25 April every year by New Zealanders and Australians is an important national day of remembrance for both countries, during which the service and sacrifice of servicemen and women, both living and dead, who have served in military conflicts is acknowledged and remembered.
The tradition of Anzac Day arose out of the Gallipoli campaign during World War 1. 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.