KEY ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN TURKEY AND FRANCE by lindayy

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									                 The Hon Alan Griffin MP
                 Minister for Veterans’ Affairs



VA021                                                                                12 March 2008

                 KEY ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN TURKEY AND FRANCE
The details of major international Anzac Day services at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in
France were announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin.

In addition to the traditional service at Gallipoli, the focus for 2008 would be a one-off Anzac
Day dawn service at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux in France.

“This dawn service will commemorate 90 years since the extraordinary achievement of
Australian troops in re-taking the village of Villers-Bretonneux on 24-25 April 1918, thereby
ending the German spring offensive and helping to turn the tide of the war,” he said.

“For many years now huge crowds attend Anzac Day services at Gallipoli but given the
significance of the 90th anniversary, we also anticipate a large gathering of Australians at Villers-
Bretonneux.

“The people of Villers-Bretonneux hold their own service each year to remember and pay tribute
to Australia. This year’s Australian-led dawn service honours all who served on the Western
Front and reaffirms the friendship between the peoples of Australia and France,” he said.

The Minister said shortly after Anzac Day on 28 April, a memorial to the Australian Light Horse
and The Park of the Australian Soldier would be dedicated at a service in Be’er-Sheva, Israel.

Also attending today’s event were representatives from New Zealand, Turkey, France and
Israel.

Mr Griffin encouraged those travelling to international Anzac Day services to check local
arrangements.

Further information is available at www.dva.gov.au


Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109

								
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