New Zealand High Commission Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga commemorates 2014 Anzac Day
Anzac Day 2014 will be observed on Friday 25 April to commemorate servicemen and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who fought and died in the interests of world peace.
In this the 100th year since the outbreak of World War One, Anzac Day 2014 marks the 99th 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 Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. This campaign resulted in a very high number of allied soldiers being killed, wounded and recorded as missing.
For Tongans, 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 Friday 25 April, commencing at 5.55am sharp will be held at the Cenotaph at Pangai Si’i. Captain Sila Siufanga, 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 be able to read the service programme.