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 d’’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.

- Speech given by Mr Stephen Smith, (Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux , 25 April 2010)

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.

- Speech given by the Ambassador of France,
HE Michel FILHOL (25 April 2010)

- Speech given by General Peter COSGROVE, Chairman,
Council of the Australian War Memorial (25 April 2010)

- Speech given by Mr Ric Wells,
Deputy Secretary DFAT


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

More information:

- Department of Veterans’’ Affairs website: Villers-Bretonneux
- Official website of the Somme, Anzac France:








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