New Zealand Permanent Mission Geneva, Switzerland
Anzac Day Commemorations 2014, Switzerland
On Friday 25 April 2014, the New Zealand and Australian Consulates-General hosted an Anzac Day commemoration service in Vevey, Switzerland. We were joined by the Turkish Ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Mehmet Ferden ÇARIKÇI, for a moving ceremony that acknowledged the sacrifices of the past and the bonds of friendship that have endured.
On 25 April 1915, Allied soldiers landed at Gallipoli. On this day, every year since, we honour the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who landed at, and fought above, the cove which now bears their name. We recall the sacrifice of our allies - from Britain, France, Canada and India, who fought with us. We also recall the courage and tenacity of our enemies - the Turks - who have since become our friends.
On Anzac Day we remember not only those who served during the First World War but also the service men and women who have answered the call to defend our freedoms, and those of others, since. A century after the outbreak of the Great War, we can draw inspiration from those who have gone before us, and from the example that they set. The New Zealanders and Australians who have served in conflicts since then did so to protect our values and our way of life. Their legacy is a gift that we should always cherish. As we look to the future, we should remember their sacrifices.
We would like to thank Reverend Clive Atkinson, who presided over the service, as well as the British Embassy, The Federation of Anglo Swiss Clubs, The Royal Air Forces Association, The Royal Naval Association and The Royal British Legion for their valued participation. The service ended with light refreshments and the sharing of ANZAC biscuits.
Carl Reaich, NZ Deputy Permanent Representative & Consul-General