Abbey marks Anzac Day
Wednesday, 25th April 2012
The annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark ANZAC Day was held at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 25th April 2012.
In his bidding the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, said:
The landing of allied forces at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 led to one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War. New Zealand and Australian forces joined forces joined together for the first time and a new word entered the language: ANZAC.
Remembering that so many died, we honour the bravery and determination of the men at Gallipoli
The memory of what became known as The Great War is with us as a warning and an encouragement. We are warned that war involves suffering and death; we are encouraged by the spirit of national pride shown by the soldiers we remember this ANZAC Day.
The Address was given by the Right Reverend Richard Ellena, Bishop of Nelson, New Zealand.
HE Derek Leask, High Commissioner for New Zealand, read Isaiah 43: 1-7 and HE John Dauth AO LVO, High Commissioner for Australia, read St John 12: 20-28.
HE Ahmet Unal Cevikoz, the Turkish Ambassador, read the words of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, inscribed on the memorial at ANZAC Cove in the Dardanelles.