26 April, 2006

ANZAC Day Commemorated in Suva

Before the first sun ray lit the sky yesterday, 200 people gathered at the Suva Military Cemetary to mark ANZAC Day. Chief guest at the Suva ceremony to mark the dawn of the landing of members of the ANZACs at Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915, was the Vice President of Fiji, who was greeted by a traditional Maori challenge and welcome. The Vice President then laid a wreath at the Cemetary. The service opened with the traditional forming of the catafalque party and guard of honour. Representatives from Government, the Fiji army, police, the diplomatic corps and returned ex-servicemen were among those at the dawn ceremony. In modern times, ANZAC Day commemorates those who have served during periods of conflict and peacekeeping around the world.

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