100 years of ANZAC commemorated in Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD -- The Australian High Commission commemorated the centenary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on Saturday with a dawn service.
To mark the day, the Australian Army cricket team played a T20 match, the last in a three-match series, against the Pakistan Army.
Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward said the ANZAC Centenary was a significant milestone in Australias history and was an opportunity to recognise and thank all of those who have served Australia and worn the nations uniform over the past one hundred years, said a press release.
"ANZAC Day is a time to remember all Australians who have served their country and to reflect on how, after a century, Australian servicemen and women continue to take pride in, and inspiration from, the original ANZACs," High Commissioner Heyward said.
"The ANZAC Centenary is also a time to remember the essential contribution of those on the home front, who support and care for those in service, and often face the loss or injury of loved ones, and how 100 years after the conflict, we commemorate jointly with our Turkish colleagues as they remember their own sacrifices," he said.
High Commissioner Heyward welcomed the Australian Army cricket team which has been in Pakistan this week to play a three match limited overs series against the Pakistan Army.
The series is the first international between the two teams in Pakistan. Reciprocal visits are being arranged and it is hoped both teams will have the opportunity to compete in an ongoing competition in each of the two countries.
"Cricket is a major element in the culture of both countries and the opportunity for the Australian Army team to visit Pakistan, at the
enerous invitation of Pakistan Army, builds on the already strong foundations of the Australia-Pakistan relationship," High Commissioner Heyward said.
Three units, now of the Pakistan Army, served in the Gallipoli campaign. They were the 89th Punjabis (Infantry now 1/Baloch) and Jacobs Battery (Artillery) and Kohat Battery (Artillery) which are now part of 1st Self-Propelled Regiment (Artillery) Pakistan Army.
More than 8,700 ANZACs lost their lives during the Gallipoli campaign, with more than 2,000 casualties on the first day alone.
Further information about ANZAC Day and the ANZAC Centenary can be found on the Anzac Centenary website at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au and lt;http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au and gt;.
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|Publication:||Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Apr 26, 2015|
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