Historic day to remember

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The National, Friday 26th April 2013


THE morning of April 25, 1915 is remembered as the historical day when Australia and New Zealand troops landed on Gallipoli, Turkey.

It was the epic battle fought on that day upon which Anzac Day is 


The day honours the brave soldiers from Australia, New Zealand, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and other servicemen who fought for their country and for the freedom of mankind. 

The day had always been commemorated in Southern Australia since October 1915, then nationally every year on April 25.

Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce is visiting PNG this week in honour of the servicemen who died or were wounded in the wars. 

At around 5am, waiting for the first light to shine on a time marked by the Cross of Remembrance were Bryce, Governor General of PNG Sir Michael Ogio, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, dignitaries and members of the public who came to pay their respect at the annual dawn service at the Bomana War Cemetery. 

Bryce and O’Neill spoke before the hymn Abide With Me was played by the police band.

Prayers and Bible readings were followed by the laying of wreaths before a lone bugler played the Last Post.

A two-minute silence was followed by the national anthems of PNG, Australia and New Zealand played by the police band.