ANZAC Day Commemorations (25 April 2010) [fr]
The ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day commemorations, this year marking the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli battle in which more than 10 000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers lost their lives during the First world war, today pay tribute all Australian soldiers in all conflicts. Commemorations were held around the world on the weekend of 24-25 April 2010, on the Gallipoli battle site (Turkey, Dardanelles), in the Pacific region (New Zealand, PNG, East Timor, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, French Polynesia…), and also in the main cities of France and Australia.
In France, at Villers-Bretonneux (Somme), Général dÂ’â€™armée Mr. Bruno Cuche, Gouvernor of the Invalides, and Mr Stephen Smith, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, attended the Dawn service to honour the memory and the commitment of the Australian soldiers who came and fought on French soil in the name of freedom and rights.
Following these commemorations, held around Australia from dawn, the Embassy of France in Canberra paid tribute before its own memorial monument to the Diggers by the placing of wreaths and the singing of the national anthems. The ceremony was attended by several high ranking Australian military personnel, association presidents, civil representatives and the diplomatic corps.
1. Address by:
His Excellency, M. Michel FILHOL, Ambassador of France
General Peter COSGROVE, Chairman, Council of the Australian War Memorial
M. Ric Wells, Deputy Secretary DFAT
2. Wreaths to be laid by :
Mr Michel Filhol, Ambassador of France,
Mr Peter Cosgrove, Chairman, Council of the Australian War Memorial
Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, Chief of the Australian Defence Force
Mr Ric Wells, Deputy Secretary DFAT, Representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Stephen Smith
Mr John Hargreaves, Representing the Chief Minister, ACT Legislative Assembly
HE Dr John Larkindale, High Commissioner of New Zealand
HE Mr Patrick RENAULT, Ambassador of Belgium
The Right Honorable Baroness Valerie AMOS, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom
Mr Umut OZTURK, Representing the Ambassador of Turkey
Mr David McKINNON, Acting High Commissioner of Canada
Air Marshal Mark BINSKIN, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force
Rear Admiral Peter MARSHALL, Representing the chief of the Royal Australian Navy
Mr Shane CARMODY, Representing the President of the Repatriation Commission
Major General Paul SYMON, Representing the chief of the Royal Australian Army
Mr John KING, President of the RSL ACT
Rear Admiral Ken DOOLAN, President of the RSL National
Mr Jacques PETIT, President of President of the French Veterans’ Section of Canberra.
3. "The Last Post", one-minute silence then "The Rouse"
4. The National Anthems
Department of VeteransÂ’â€™ Affairs website: Villers-Bretonneux
Official website of the Somme, Anzac France: