Hundreds attend Anzac Day commemorations in Washington, DC
The New Zealand Embassy in coordination with the Australian Embassy commemorated Anzac Day on April 25, 2013 at various venues around the District. Anzac Day honours the service of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.
The day is observed in Australia and New Zealand as well as those countries’ diplomatic postings globally. A Dawn Service was held on the morning of the 25th at the Korean Veterans War Memorial where more than 500 US, Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women and locals attended. 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.
Later in the day, the Anzac Day Commemorative Church Service was held at the Washington National Cathedral where Kim Beazley, Ambassador of Australia to the US, gave the Anzac Day Address to a large gathering of officials and other members of the Australia and New Zealand communities. The cathedral service was followed by a reception at the New Zealand Embassy.
Anzac Day began to be observed in the wake of the New Zealand and Australian militaries’ participation in the campaign at Gallipoli during World War I. Anzac Day, 98 years later, still commemorates the past and offers a chance to reflect on the continued work of Defence personnel serving in New Zealand and overseas. The day reflects a continued commitment to the memories of servicemen and women who have served their countries in the armed forces.