ANZAC Day Ceremony and AISHK Student Visit to Gallipoli 2013/04/24 Updated
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ANZAC Day is always an important event on the school's calendar for students, staff and members of our community. This annual event is a time for all Australians and New Zealanders to take pause from their daily lives to pay their respects and commemorate the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in battle during the First World War. Over the years, the meaning of the day has been broadened to commemorate all Australian and New Zealand men and women killed in all military operations.

AISHK’s Memorial Ceremony will take place at the school on the Field and begin at 10:30am. It will be attended by the entire school and prominent members of the Australian and New Zealand expat community in Hong Kong. We invite members of the AISHK community to join us on this day as we pay homage to these fallen heroes.

What: AISHK ANZAC Day Memorial Ceremony
When: 25 April 2013
Where: The Field, AISHK
Time: 10:30am

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a group of 13 AISHK students from Year 9 and Year 10 are in Turkey, to take part in the ANZAC Day ceremony, from where the traditions of the ANZAC were established and first commemorated. The group is currently in Gallipoli visiting key sites where soldiers from Australia and New Zealand fought during World War I. The students have visited the Australian memorial sites at ANZAC Cove, the Nek and Lone Pine, the New Zealand memorial at Chunuk Bair and the Turkish Army memorial site commemorating the soldiers of the 57th Regiment who gave their lives successfully defending Turkey from the Allied advances over the course of the Gallipoli campaign.

The students were especially moved by the beautiful words written by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk to the mothers of the fallen ANZAC soldiers who had given their lives during the Gallipoli campaign:

“Those heroes that shed their blood 
and lost their lives...
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
now here in this country of ours...
you, the mothers,
who sent their sons from faraway countries
wipe away your tears;
your sons are now lying in our bosom
and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land they have
become our sons as well.”


The group also visited ANZAC Cove the landing site of the ANZACs that served as the base camp for the troops during their eight month battle for Gallipoli, where they witnessed a spectacular sunset. On Tuesday, the group visited the ancient city of Troy and  later camped overnight in preparation for the Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove on ANZAC Day.

We are sure our students will return having had a unique experience that has left an indelible appreciation of the sacrifices that have been made for our country.






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