Over 100 turn up for Anzac Day service

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BRUNEI-MUARA

OVER 180 people comprising Australian, New Zealand nationals as well as Bruneian guests gathered to commemorate Anzac Day in a dawn service yesterday.

Held at the Brunei-Australia War Memorial at Muara Beach, the ceremony was held to remember all Australian and New Zealand men and women who served in their nations’ armed forces.

Muara Beach is remembered for the landing of Australian forces in liberating the island of Borneo at the end of World War II.

In his speech, Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Todd Mercer said Anzac Day is not a commemoration of the victories or defeat of the Australian and New Zealand armed forces at war.

“Rather we honour the ordinary men and women from our two countries who were prepared to make personal sacrifices, many giving their live for the freedom and quality of life that we enjoy today,” said Mercer.

The spirit of Anzac, he said, is as relevant today to all of the people as it was all those years ago.

“Let us be inspired by their commitment, courage and perseverance to get through the difficult times,” he said.

He added: “We should always remember that the sacrifices made by the Anzacs have contributed so much to building the foundations on which our diverse, tolerant and freedom loving societies are based.”

A statement said the Anzac Day, which falls on April 25, originally marked the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War, but today it is an occasion when Australians and New Zealanders honour those who have served in all the wars both countries were involved in.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Dr Subritzky said the Anzac Day in New Zealand is similar to Australia. “It’s a day we commemorate those who made the sacrifice [not only] for our country but also for a better world.

“A lot of us are looking at confidence for the future and more peaceful future by remembering those who sacrificed themselves so that we can enjoy that future and have more peace in the world,” he added.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, non-resident New Zealand High Commissioner Dr John Subritzky said the Anzac Day commemorates those who made the sacrifice not only for New Zealand, but also for a better world.

“A lot of us are looking at confidence for the future and more peaceful future by remembering those who sacrificed themselves so that we can enjoy that future and have more peace in the world,” he added.

Meanwhile, Turkish Ambassador Oguz Ates underscored the importance of humanity that can resolve many issues.

“I think the leaders of the world as well as those who are involved in the conflicts should think for a while about the humanitarian aspect. If they become conscious of this, I think many issues can be solved,” he said.

The Brunei Times