An ANZAC soldier stands tall
as tall and straight as Europe's omnipresent red poppies
From the Sound and light show
at Wellington's National War Memorial and Carillon
This year marks the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign by the ANZACs
Saturday 25 April 2015, 11.00 a.m.
The Commonwealth War Cemetery
(Posidonos Avenue and Ethnarhou Makariou Street)
Let's all be there, as we are every year, to honour the memory of those valiant young men who came to the other side of the world to fight , not just in World War I but in World War II as well, so that we could be free.
Hellenic New Zealand Association member Robyn Gray
lays the Association's wreath at the ceremony in Athens
Photo Courtesy Sharon Marsden Chelmis
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, and is held every year on April 25th around the world. Read more
Photos below are from the amazing sound and light show at Wellington's National War Museum and Carillon this week.
Photos Courtesy George Kanelos
Places... where NZ soldiers fought and fell...
Medals...for heroism in faraway places
Lest we forget....
Let's remember too that this year also commemorates 100 years from the first 'modern' genocide, that of the 1.5 million Armenian, 700 thousand Greek and 500 thousand Assyrian Christians who were slaughtered or expelled from the Pontos in the first systematic ethnic cleansing of the 20th century by the Turkish army as they sought to 'purify' their land of peoples who had lived there for centuries.
Massacres, forced deportations, death marches, summary expulsions, arbitrary executions and the destruction of Christian Orthodox cultural, historical and religious monuments were just a few of the 'weapons' chosen by the Young Turks to bring about this genocide... a genocide which has been recognised by the International Association of Genocide Scholars in 2007, and by Greece, Cyprus, Holland, Sweden, Armenia, France and Germany, the EU Parliament and Pope Frances recently but which Turkey still refuses to acknowledge...