ANZAC Day Celebrations

BDF Media Release| 26 Apr 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) to Barbados commemorated ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Day at the Military Cemetery, Gravesend. His Excellency Anton Ojala, New Zealand High Commissioner to Barbados led the ceremony which is held annually on April 25 in recognition of the first major action fought by the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. This year marks the first time that ANZAC Day was commemorated in Barbados. 

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open a corridor into Dardanelles for the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing, while later in the day, former Australian and New Zealand servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches and other activities. Commemorative ceremonies are used as occasions when Australians and New Zealanders reflect on the many different meanings of war. 

BDF Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum noted that the BDF was pleased to partner with the NZHC to participate in the commemorative event since the value of sacrifice for the country remained very much a part of contemporary military culture and the legacy of such will be forever treasured.