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Sent: Thu 25/04/2013 3:15 PM


Australians around the world have gathered together at Anzac Day commemorations to remember those who have served and those who continue to serve our country in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, joined a crowd of 5200 on the shores of Gallipoli, all paying their respects on the site where the original Anzacs landed 98 years ago.

“It is a privilege to stand alongside my fellow Australians, and our New Zealand and Turkish comrades on the shores where the Anzac legend began, and to remember the over 50,000 Australians who served in the campaign, the more than 18,000 who were wounded and the 8700 who lost their lives,” Mr Snowdon said.

The Dawn Service at Gallipoli was followed by an Australian service at Lone Pine—the site of some of the most fierce fighting of the campaign, which resulted in over 2000 Australian casualties.

In Villers-Bretonneux, France, 4000 people braved the early morning cold to pay tribute to the more than 295,000 Australian service personnel who served on the Western Front in France and Belgium.

Thousands of Australians also attended services in London (United Kingdom), at Menin Gate (Belgium), Isurava and Bomana (Papua New Guinea), as well as local services and marches around the country.

In Thailand, four Australian veterans who were held as Prisoners of War by the Japanese during the Second World War joined with 1200 others to mark the 70th anniversary of the cutting of Hellfire Pass, a notorious section of the Burma-Thailand railway.

“Anzac Day is an important day for Australians and I would like to extend my thanks to all those who attended services, marches or paid their respects in their own way.

“As we approach the centenary of Anzac it is up to each of us to ensure that the stories of our servicemen and women, and the Anzac spirit, continues to live on,” Mr Snowdon said.

Estimated attendance at Anzac Day Dawn Services and Memorials*:

Canberra – 30,000
Sydney – 55,000
Brisbane – 35,000
Melbourne – 45,000
Townsville – 15,000
Perth – 50,000
Hobart – 5000
Darwin – 5000
Adelaide - 7000

PNG (Bomana and Isurava) – 2700 Hellfire Pass, Thailand – 1200 Gallipoli, Turkey – 5200 Villers-Bretonneux, France – 4000

NB* These figures are an early estimate and should not be used as final or exact.

Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: 02 6277 7820
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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