Dawn services honour Anzacs

10/01/2019 Posted by admin

In the capital Canberra, a near-record crowd attended the service held at the foot of the Australian War Memorial.

People of all ages joined veterans, dignitaries and military personnel in reflecting on the sacrifices made by the Australian and New Zealand soldiers in 1915.

Of the 50,000 to 60,000 Australians who fought at Gallipoli, almost 9,000 were killed and more than 19,000 wounded.

The Anglican bishop to the Australian Defence Force, Tom Frame, said the 90th anniversary of Gallipoli is an important time to reflect on how the event would be remembered into the future.

The contribution made by the Anzacs was vital, he said, and an ongoing part of the collective history, and future, of Australia and New Zealand.

“They gave their tomorrow for our today, this day, and so we should be grateful people,” he said.

Wreathes were also laid at the foot of the war memorial at the Stone of Remembrance.

In Sydney, a record crowd of 25,000 attended the city’s pre-dawn service at the Cenotauph.

In Victoria, an overcast but mild morning greeted those who rose early for the service at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance.

Drummers marching down a main street in Brisbane towards Anzac Square broke the pre-dawn silence.

School children were among those watching as wreaths were laid around the eternal flame.

Anzac Day parades will continue around Australia throughout the day.

Meanwhile in Turkey, up to 800 buses have ferried pilgrims along the controversial new stretch of road at Anzac Cove for the ceremony.

Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders have gathered at North Beach, a few hundred metres from where the Anzac troops landed 90 years ago.

Some arrived more than 24 hours earlier to secure a prime position.

Later on Monday they will be joined by Australian Prime Minister John Howard and other dignitaries, including the Prince of Wales, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and scores of veterans and their families to honour the nearly one million Allied and Turkish troops who served during the brutal eight month Gallipoli campaign.

Turkey gave up 86,000 men in defence of its land.

More than 21,000 British soldiers died at Gallipoli, while the French lost up to 15,000 men.

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