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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Release/Statement

Headline: Anzac Day 2018 in Japan

25 April marks the day in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey, the site of New Zealand’s first major battle of World War One with the loss of over 2,700 New Zealand soldiers.

Every year, thousands of Kiwis and Australians – young and old – attend services in their local communities. Some even travel to Gallipoli. Since the first commemorative services in 1916, Anzac Day has evolved into the observance we know today, with Kiwis and Australians of all ages attending services and events across the world, from dawn until dusk. In the afternoon we relax, spend time with our loved ones and reflect. We honor the Anzac values of courage, compassion, camaraderie, and commitment and a time we depended on each other as brothers.

2018 recognises the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, ending the First World War.

On 25 April 2018 at 9.00am there will be an Anzac Service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery, Hodogaya, Yokohama.