The Australian and New Zealand Embassies
jointly host 2020 virtual Anzac day commemorative service
25 April 2020
Today, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies jointly host the 2020 virtual Anzac Day Commemorative Service at the Australian Embassy, Bangkok, in commemoration of those Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The recorded service was broadcasted via the Embassy’s Facebook Page ‘Australia in Thailand’ at 07:00am on 25 April.
Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies, the Royal Thai Armed Forces Development Command and Kanchanaburi Governor’s Office had decided earlier to cancel the Anzac Day commemoration in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand.
However, considering the significance of the Anzac Day as an occasion of national commemoration for Australians and New Zealanders, and while alsonoting authorities’ guidance on large gatherings and social distancing, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies decided to hold a very small commemorative service on this occasion.
To honour the Australian and New Zealand soldiers sent to Turkey in 1915, H.E. Allan McKinnon PSM, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, said:
“These men had not set out to be immortalised; but their conduct on that day, and in the subsequent months of hardships endured on the shores of Gallipoli, has set them apart in our nation’s consciousness.
H.E. Taha Macpherson, New Zealand Ambassador to Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia, reflected on the current situation by saying:
"On this Anzac Day too, we say thank you to those working on the frontlines of this latest battle – the health workers, first responders and critical service workers whose tireless commitment and courage in the face of a new, invisible foe, inspires and protects us all."
On 25 April each year, Australians throughout the world commemorate Anzac Day, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
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