ANZAC Day 2012 commemoration services in Gothenburg
Together with Australia, New Zealand again this year commemorated ANZAC Day in the west of Sweden at Kviberg Cemetery in Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city.
We have one war grave in the Commonwealth War Graves section of the cemetery and the Australians have six. Around 100 people attended the ceremony, led by Rev Barbara Moss, including a large contingent of New Zealand and Australian exchange students from all around Sweden. Both Ambassadors spoke, and a representative from the Turkish Embassy was also there, and read the moving Ataturk memorial message. Participants gathered afterwards at Palmhuset at Trädgårdsföreningen for a sip of good New Zealand or Australian wine and marmite sandwiches, sausage rolls and ANZAC biscuits provided once again this year by Groovy Food’s Aussie chef Rory.
As has become traditional over the last few years Ambassador Bridge, with her Australian colleague, then travelled to Öckerö, the island off Gothenburg where another New Zealand war grave lies. The remains of this young New Zealand airman, shot down over the North Sea in World War II while returning from a bombing raid in Germany, were washed up on Öckerö, buried in the local churchyard, and the islanders have been caring for him ever since. The Ambassador laid another wreath on Sgt Williams’ grave in a further simple ceremony, led by Rev Åke Andreasson, and as usual well-attended by local parishioners and town councillors.