This year marks the 101st anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landings at Gallipoli during World War One. On Monday 25 April 2016, the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions will host an ANZAC Day Commemorative Dawn Service, at Tugu Negara (the National Monument), Jalan Parlimen, Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.
ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. On 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the shores of Gallipoli, and alongside other British Commonwealth and French troops, began an ultimately futile seven month campaign against Ottoman forces.
The sacrifices of the Gallipoli campaign forged an enduring bond between the people of Australia and New Zealand that remains to this day.
It has become customary each year, on 25 April, for the people of both nations to commemorate those who served in all wars and conflicts – and recognise the contribution made by all personnel who have served, or are serving, in the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand.
The Dawn Service is open to all members of the public and those attending are requested to be assembled by 6.00 am for the service to commence at 6.30 am sharp. Dress for the occasion will be lounge suit or smart casual for civilians (with medals if applicable) and ceremonial uniform, with medals, for military attendees. Guests are advised to apply mosquito repellent and carry a small torch. Poppies, rosemary and candles will be provided for the service.
Following the service the Australian High Commissioner, Mr Rod Smith, will host a traditional ‘gunfire breakfast’ at his residence, No. 33 Jalan Langgak Golf, Kuala Lumpur. Members of the public who wish to attend the breakfast are required to pre-register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each family member attending should be pre-registered, and guests will need to have photo identification with them for entry into the residence. Kindly pre-register by 17 April 2015.