Australia pays tribute to troops on Anzac Day

The Australian and New Zealand contingent salute during the Turkish National Anthem as part of the Turkish international service at Gallipoli, Turkey.

One hundred and four years on from the landing of Australian troops at Gallipoli, the nation continues to honour and commemorate those who serve, have served previously, and those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Turkish soldiers march past the shrine of remembrance with Australian Defence Force and Royal New Zealand Defence Force personnel in attendance during the Turkish international service at Gallipoli, Turkey.
Australian Defence Force personnel pay their respects during a service at the Helles Memorial, Cape Helles, Gallipoli. On the stone panels of it’s walls are the names of 20,752 British Empire servicemen who have no known grave. Listed among them are 248 men of the Australian Imperial Forces.
Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC, salutes with other international defence force members during the Turkish international service at Gallipoli, Turkey.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has a long history of maintaining the security of the nation and takes great pride in honouring all who have served.

Defence senior leaders and personnel are supporting Anzac Day ceremonies across the globe. The Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell attended the Dawn Service and the Lone Pine Service in Gallipoli, Turkey. 

“Lone Pine was a brutal battlefield. It is now a graveyard ”“ a place of mourning and remembrance,” General Campbell said.

“The significance of these well-cared-for cemeteries should not be underestimated.”

There are approximately 2,400 ADF members currently deployed on operations or working overseas, upholding the Anzac spirit as they strive to protect Australia’s national interests abroad. 

Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Band Sydney, Drum Corp members (L-R) Able Seaman Musician’s Vitaliy Rayitsyn, Thomas Brooke, Chris Thompson, Sam Sheppard and Petty Officer Musician Brett Douglas with the RAN’s New Parade Drums During the 2019 Sydney Anzac Day Parade.
Didgeridoo player Wing Commander Jonathan Lilley at the 2019 Anzac Day Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Commemoration Ceremony held on the slopes of Mt Ainslie in Canberra.

Anzac Day is an especially memorable and solemn experience for our ADF personnel, whether on operations or at home. It is an opportunity to remember those who went before, and reflect on the personal contribution they are making for Australia.

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