Monday 25th April is a Public Holiday in New Zealand and is known as ANZAC Day.
Anzac Day is a national day of commemoration observed on 25 April each year. It commemorates those who died serving New Zealand during war and it honours returned servicemen and women, past and present.
25 April marks the day in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey, the site of New Zealand’s first major battle of World War-I with the loss of over 2700 New Zealand soldiers.
The Anzac Day dawn service is a moving rite of passage for many Kiwis. Every year, thousands of Kiwis and Australians – young and old – travel to Gallipoli.
Since the first commemorative services in 1916, Anzac Day has evolved into the observance we know today, with Kiwis and Australians of all ages attending services and events across the world, from dawn until dusk.
In the afternoon we relax, spend time with our loved ones sharing stories of relatives and friends who served their countries.
We honour the Anzac values of courage, compassion, camaraderie, and commitment and a time we depended on each other as brothers.
At Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) we commemorate the role played by Pacific Island Countries, their Servicemen and women and the people of the Pacific who suffered hardship and loss of life alongside side their Kiwi mates.
PT&I attended the Newmarket Business Association ANZAC Service at 9am on Monday, 25 April.
Our wreath had the message:
In Commemoration and Recognition of the Pacific Island People who served and sacrificed alongside their ANZAC Brothers & Sisters
Signed Pacific Trade & Invest Newmarket
The wreath was laid by Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade who was accompanied by his wife Kate.
PT&I Advisory Board Chairman John Crawford attended the service with members of his family.
It was a popular and well attended event where Local Epsom MP and ACT Party Leader David Seymour lead the procession. The Service was organised by Di Goldsworthy of the Newmarket Business Association and Di was accompanied by her husband Bruce who is a Life Member of the New Zealand Fiji Business Council.
Lest We Forget.