THOUSANDS of London New Zealanders and Australians braved the wet and wintry conditions to pay respect to our Anzac heroes at Hyde Park Corner on Wednesday.
In attendance were the Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners, John Dauth and Derek Leask; the Australian Minister for Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson; and some Royal guests in His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester and His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent.
Held at the New Zealand Memorial this year (the London Anzac Dawn Service swaps between the Australian and New Zealand Memorials each year), Mr Leask led a moving and genuine Anzac Day address that remembered the fallen heroes from both nations and paid tribute to those that fought for New Zealand, Australia and the Commonwealth not just at Gallipoli but at the many conflicts since.
A Karanga, a New Zealand Maori ceremonial call, opened the proceedings and a fearsome Haka closed the Service before most of those in attendance made their way to the Australian Memorial where their Royal Highness’s and the High Commissioners, as well as Brigadier Antony Hayward and Commodore Peter Lockwood, on behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, lay wreaths in remembrance.
Guests then signed their names in the book of remembrance beneath the Wellington Arch before moving on to the various other Anzac Day events in London.