The sacrifice of Australia and New Zealand’s thousands of servicemen and women throughout history was marked in a poignant remembrance service on Sunday at Arbroath’s Western Cemetery.
Veterans joined the ranks of current military personnel, air cadets, families and council representatives to mark the day closest to April 25 or A.N.Z.A.C (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Sunday.
Arbroath is the final resting place for four Kiwi Airmen killed during World War Two in mid-air collisions. The service commemorated the men as well as all New Zealanders and Australians who have served and died in war. In particular the catastrophic sacrifices made during the 1915 Gallipoli campaign in Turkey in which thousands of ANZAC troops lost their lives.
Wing Commander Dominic Sim of the Australian Defence Force and Squadron Leader Mike Chalmers from the New Zealand Defence Force addressed the congregation.
Although a solemn occasion the audience were privy to a wonderful solo rendition of the anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’ in Maori by Mrs Ereti Mitchell, the President of NZ Society Scotland.
Mrs Mitchell was joined by Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne and Provost of Angus Helen Oswald to lay wreaths on behalf of Angus.
An opportunity to observe a minutes silence began with the firing of 212 Battery RA Scotland’s L118 Light Gun. To see the gun in action visit www.arbroathherald.co.uk.