The Mayor of Hailsham Cllr Jo Bentley is encouraging residents to make a note in their diaries to attend this year’s Anzac Day Commemoration Service.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, 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.
The mayor will take part in tributes at this year’s Commemoration Service, held at Hailsham War Memorial on April 26 from 10.45am and organised by Royal British Legion Hailsham and District Branch. A parade of ex-service and other local organisations will commence at 10.30am.
Cllr Bentley said: “It will be a privilege to take part in the commemoration in remembrance of servicemen and women from Australia, New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries who died for their countries. It will be particularly poignant as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.
“But Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915 and is the day we remember those who served and died in all wars and conflicts. Although it’s three months away I would encourage local residents to mark it in their diaries now and attend this important event.”
Royal British Legion Hailsham and District Branch vice-chairman Frank Berry said: “The Royal British Legion Hailsham and District Branch has for many years laid a wreath to mark this campaign, but with this year being the centenary it is very poignant that for all those, both ANZAC’s and British servicemen, that gave their lives during this campaign, that they are not forgotten.”
Full details of the Commemoration Service, including itinerary, times and guests ofhonour will be available soon, the council said.
If any organisation or member of the public wish to obtain a wreath, cross or posy to lay at this service, please contact Mike Weller (chairman, Royal British Legion Hailsham & District Branch) on 01323 440749.