New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga commemorates 2012 ANZAC Day

ANZAC day 2012 will be observed on Wednesday 25 April recalling and commemorating servicemen and women from Australia, New Zealand and Tonga who fought and died in the interests of world peace.

This year’s ANZAC Day marks the 97th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Anzac Cove in 1915, at the same time as British and French forces landed further along the coast of the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. This heroic but disastrous campaign resulted in a very high number of allied soldiers being killed, wounded and recorded as missing.

For both New Zealanders and Australians, 25 April has become a day of national reflection, as we pause to remember and honour men and women who have served and sacrificed in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. We share with peoples of other nationalities the loss and sacrifice and the sense of the ultimate futility of war.

To commemorate the day in Tonga, a Dawn Service on Wednesday 25 April, commencing at 5:55am sharp will be held at the Cenotaph at Pangai Si‘i. Lieutenant Bryant Richard, Regional Commander of the Salvation Army, will be the Officiating Minister.

Members of the public are invited to attend. All those attending are asked to be seated by 5:45am. Medals may be worn.

It would be advisable to bring a torch to read the service.

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