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Beritabali.com, Denpasar. The Australian Consulate-General in Bali, along with representatives of the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta, held a dawn service this morning to commemorate Anzac Day.
On the 25th of April Australians and New Zealanders remember the sacrifice of those Australian and New Zealand servicemen who formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. These servicemen became known as the Anzac, and although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, actions by the Anzac during the campaign left a powerful legacy for Australia and New Zealand.
Today, Anzac Day has evolved to honour and remember all Australians and New Zealanders – servicemen and women - who have served their country in wars, conflicts and peacemaking operations. Rosemary is traditionally worn on Anzac Day as a sign of remembrance, as it can be found growing on the Gallipoli peninsula.
Anzac Day is a special time for Australians and New Zealanders. We take time to remember and commemorate those who in the past & present have served their country with sacrifice & honour. We also remember the victims of war and we reflect on the need for harmony, tolerance and peace for all peoples,’ said Australian Consul-General, Dr Helena Studdert.
Counsellor of the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta, Ms Barbara Welton, attended the ceremony and read ‘In Flanders Fields’, a war poem with references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers.
The Anzac Day ceremony at the Australian Consulate-General was also attended by representatives of the Australian Defence Force and representatives of the Bali Provincial Government, Kodam IX Udayana, Lanud Ngurah Rai, Dan Lanal Banyuwangi, Polda Bali, Badung and the Denpasar Government, as well as more than 200 Australians and New Zealanders in Bali. (bbn/rls/rob)