Respects paid at Anzac Day service in Hailsham

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Residents, veterans, cadets and representatives from the Royal British Legion turned out to commemorate Anzac Day on Sunday (April 26).

Town Mayor councillor Jo Bentley laid a wreath at Hailsham’s Anzac Service held at the War Memorial in remembrance of servicemen from the Commonwealth who lost their lives in war.

The event saw Hailsham town councillors join representatives from the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force Association, veterans, cadets and residents to mark Anzac Day.

A national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, Anzac Day was originally commemorated by both countries on April 25 every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

British forces were also involved at Gallipoli with the (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) 29th Division which landed on the same day, and Anzac Day now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military and peacekeeping operations for their countries.

Town Clerk John Harrison said: “Anzac Day is a time to honour the sacrifice made by others, a sacrifice that has enabled our generation to enjoy the rights of freedom and democracy that Britain and the rest of the Commonwealth offers. Let this always be the case.

“I’m delighted that many people attended this important service and am grateful to them for paying their respects to those who fought at Gallipoli during World War I and for showing their support.”

Anzac is the acronym for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

It was formed in 1914.

The small cove at Gallipoli where Australian and New Zealand troops landed on 25 April 1915 became known as Anzac Cove. Both countries commemorate Anzac Day every year on April 25. It marks the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.