Speech on behalf of Rt Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, at the Cambridge Civic ANZAC Service
It is almost 100 years since the events which led to Anzac day.
The bonds forger between Australians and New Zealanders on the battlefields of Gallipoli is the cornerstone of this country’s most enduring relationship. Our soldiers fought side by side, as comrades and as friends.
Each year we pause on April 25 to remember those young men who scaled the cliffs at Gallipoli, and all New Zealanders and Australians who have served in wards around the globe since.
The First World War remains one of the most significant events in our shared history.
World War One changed how New Zealanders and Australians viewed themselves, and how other countries viewed us. The spirit of the ANZACs was forged on those foreign battlefields many years ago, yet it lives on today.
I encourage you to pause on Anzac Day this year and take some time to remember the brave men and women who have served our country.
Nations across the world prepare to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, and New Zealanders are also planning projects, events and activities to mark this anniversary.
Work on our National Memorial Park is moving ahead in readiness for the centenary commemoration of Gallipoli next year. The precinct is dedicated to honouring New Zealanders’ experiences of military conflict in all wars, including the New Zealand Wars.
Through the inclusion of memorials from our allies and friends, we will honour the relationships forged between New Zealand and other nations during times of conflict and peace-keeping. Centenary commemoration will be a community endeavour with a huge range of events taking place throughout the country.
Today, on Anzac Day, we join with our fellow New Zealanders and remember the ultimate price paid by so many servicemen and women. We are grateful for their bravery, their courage and their service to our nation.
Lest we forget.