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NEWPORT, R.I. -- Students, faculty and other service members from the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) joined Navy partners from Australia and New Zealand for a sunrise ceremony on the campus remembering Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day April 25.

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.

It commemorates the Australian and New Zealand service members who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign in modern day Turkey against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. More than 8,000 ANZACs were killed and more than 18,000 injured in the campaign. 

"ANZAC Day has become much more than a remembrance of our World War I veterans; it is now our country's focal point to remember all the conflicts in which we have been embroiled since achieving nationhood in 1901," said guest speaker royal Australian navy Cmdr. I.R. Bray, a member of Naval Undersea Warfare Center. "For Aussies and Kiwis, this is a day of reflection, of remembrance, of respect and of renewal."


Photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Dietrich

The service featured a number of hymns and poems traditional to the commemoration as well as a trumpeter who played taps while the Australian and New Zealand flags were brought to half-mast.

The service closed with renditions of the Australian, New Zealand and American national anthems. During the New Zealand anthem royal New Zealand navy Chief Petty Officer Peter Hodge, a student in the Senior Enlisted Academy at the NWC, performed a Maori haka, or war dance, as a sign of respect for the fallen.

"Mateship is at the heart of what we refer to as the ANZAC values: it drives loyalty, courage, endurance and sacrifice," said Bray. "It is a compelling reason for most acts of heroism and for the suffering so often experienced by our servicemen and women, for not letting down the team is a powerful motivator in our nation's psyche. Mateship has no limits."

NWC has been the host site for an ANZAC Day remembrance ceremony for many years. Ceremonies such as this reinforce the NWC mission of strengthening maritime security cooperation.

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Dietrich, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs
Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy