Annual ANZAC remembrance day

AN OPEN Invitation has been extended to the people of Angus by the New Zealand Society Scotland to attend the annual ANZAC Day remembrance event at Arbroath’s Western Cemetery.

Co-organised with the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, it will take place on Sunday (April 28) and will commence at 11.30 a.m.

On April 25, 1915, Australian and New Zealand Army Corps personnel (ANZACs) landed in Turkey as part of the Gallipoli campaign.

The appalling loss of life at Gallipoli shocked the citizens of the two young countries. Each year, on ANZAC Day, on April 25 or on the nearest Sunday, New Zealanders and Australians join together to remember all ANZACs who served and to commemorate all who died in war or conflict.

A spokesman for the society explained: “On ANZAC Day 2013 we will gather at the graves of four Kiwi airmen killed during the Second World War.

“We will commemorate these four and all New Zealanders and Australians who served and those who died in war.

“Our nationhood and identity owes an inestimable debt to their sacrifice.”

Music will be supplied by members of Arbroath Instrumental Band and the Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band.

Personnel from 212 Battery RA (V) will also take part.

Guests will include Mrs Ereti Mitchell, president, and Peter Hart of the New Zealand Society Scotland; Lieutenant Andy Bedford, of the New Zealand Defence Force; Wing Commander Dominic Sims, Royal Australian Air Force; Mr Eric Milligan, New Zealand Honorary Consul; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Colonel Jake Hensman OBE; Depute Provost Councillor Alex King; and senior officials of the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Once the service is over, the company will retire to the Legion clubrooms in Helen Street where refreshments will be provided.