OTTAWA, April 24, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will mark the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day—the first major military action of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) during the First World War. The ceremony will be held at the Canadian War Museum on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 9 a.m.
The Governor General will deliver remarks and lay a wreath on this occasion.
"It will be my honour, as commander-in-chief of Canada, to pay tribute to the 8 709 Australian and 2 779 New Zealand soldiers who were killed during the Gallipoli Campaign that began on April 25, 1915. A century later, we remember these soldiers, as well as the Canadians who fought alongside them in that terrible war," His Excellency said. "Lest we forget."
About Anzac Day
Anzac Day is Australia and New Zealand's most important day of commemoration. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First World War, on April 25, 1915, in Gallipoli, Turkey.
Some Canadian soldiers, who had signed up for service with the United Kingdom, were among the British forces at Gallipoli. In addition, several Canadian military field hospitals supported the campaign.
For more information on Anzac Day and on the commemorative ceremonies taking place across Canada, visit www.nzembassy.com.
SOURCE Government House
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