Hundreds attend ANZAC Day commemorations in Washington, D.C.
Hundreds attended ANZAC Day commemorations in Washington, DC on 25 April.
Commemorations began with a Dawn Service on the Washington Mall giving tribute to the veterans of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in WWI and those who have served their countries since. In addition to New Zealand Ambassador Mike Moore, remarks were made by Australian Ambassador Kim Beazley, and the Embassy of Turkey's Defence and Air Attaché, Brigadier General Fethi Alpay. As with ANZAC Day services around the world, the number of people who attend dawn service in Washington DC continues to increase.
Wreaths this year were laid by the governments of Australia, United States, Turkey, Korea, the United Kingdom, Canada, and France, as well as by a number of expat organisations including New Zealand's KEA (Kiwi Expatriates Abroad) Association, Assembly of Turkish/American Associations, Australians in Washington Association and the Order of Australia Association of North America.
Shortly after the Dawn Service, the New Zealand Embassy hosted the Gunfire Breakfast that preceded the ANZAC Day Commemorative Service at the Washington National Cathedral. New Zealand Ambassador Mike Moore gave the Commemorate Service speech to hundreds of attendees. In his speech, Ambassador Moore spoke of the sacrifices that New Zealanders and Australians made to keep peace.
"No two nations have sailed, marched and flown so far to make and keep peace. We have never been neutral, passive or indifferent to the demands of keeping and making the peace. It's the rent we pay for civilisation," said Ambassador Moore.
Please see below the link for Ambassador Mike Moore's full speech.
|ANZAC Day 2012 - Cathedral Speech - 25 April 2012.pdf|