Aussies and Kiwis to Commemorate Anzac Day in Manila
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the New Zealand and Australian embassies will jointly host the dawn service commemoration of the Centenary Anzac Day in Manila. The dawn service will be held at Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines and will start at 5:30 a.m.
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It is considered as the most significant memorial of veterans and military casualties in Australia and New Zealand.
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the “Landing at Gallipoli,” when more than 20,000 servicemen from Australia, New Zealand, and other countries landed on the shores of Gallipoli Peninsula. It marks the start of the Gallipoli Campaign, the first campaign that resulted to major casualties for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) during World War I.
“The commemoration provides an opportunity for reverent reflection on the ‘Spirit of Anzac’ epitomized during the Gallipoli campaign, which is so much a part of the ethos and heritage of both Australia and New Zealand,” stated The Australian Embassy in the Philippines.
“The service will honour the sacrifice of those Australians and New Zealanders who lost their lives in time of war and in the cause of peace,” they further added.
Although the ceremony is mostly attended by the Australian and New Zealand communities, anyone who wishes to remember Australia’s and New Zealand’s fallen heroes will be much welcomed.
“People attending are encouraged to wear medals. Personal medals should be worn on the left breast; medals of family members should be worn on the right breast,” said The Australian Embassy.
Attendees are requested to alive early, preferably before 5:15 a.m., to allow a prompt start.
A ‘gunfire breakfast’ will be served after the ceremony.