ANZAC DAY 2023
On Anzac Day, at memorials and ceremonies across the country, and around the world, we remember those who served our nation.
We honour the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of the Anzacs.
Defence personnel are supporting Anzac Day ceremonies in Australia and around the world.
The Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, attended the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“108 years ago today, soldiers from Australia and New Zealand landed in the early light of dawn on the beaches of Gallipoli. The baptism of fire they were to experience during that campaign created a deep and abiding connection between our two countries that continues to this day,” General Campbell said.
“Since then, the Anzacs have fought side-by-side in conflicts around the world, in the mountains and orchards of Greece, skies of Europe, harsh deserts of North Africa, and deep waters of the Pacific. Together they patrolled the rainforests, rice paddies and rubber plantations of South Vietnam. More recently, they helped to restore peace and stability to the streets of Dili.
“Currently, Australian and New Zealand personnel are in the United Kingdom providing critical training to members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as they prepare to return and defend their homeland against Russian invasion
“As we pay our respects today, let us take a moment to consider the enormous sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand service men and women – together; then, now and whenever called to duty.
“We remember them. We honour them. Lest we forget.”
General Campbell said Australian Defence Force personnel will acknowledge Anzac Day wherever they are, at home or abroad.
Issued by Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT