Service for Anzac Day
AUSTRALIANS and New Zealanders living in Jersey are being invited to gather at the Cenotaph at dawn next Wednesday to commemorate the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings during the First World War.
The commemoration, which has previously drawn crowds of over 100 people, takes place at 5.30 am on 25 April at the war memorial in the Parade to honour citizens from the two countries who served in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts.
Anzac – which stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – Day marks the date when soldiers from both countries first landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula 103 years ago – the first time that both armed forces had fought under their own flag and command. And today Anzac Day is one of the most important dates in the year for Australians and New Zealanders.
Organiser John Davis said: ‘This is a great opportunity for the Island’s Australian and New Zealand communities to remember the young men who fought and women who supported the war effort by volunteering in such a significant campaign and moment in our respective countries’ history.
‘While Anzac Day is readily associated with these two countries, it is also an opportunity to remember all those involved in the campaign, particularly Jerseymen who also fought in Gallipoli.’
Jersey’s ceremony, which is now in its third year, will be led by the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, in his capacity as Deputy Lieutenant-Governor, as the Lieutenant-Governor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, will be out of the Island. A free breakfast will be served in the Assembly Room at the Town Hall after the event.