Australia to hold Anzac Day service in Accra
24 April, Accra – The Australian High Commission will hold a dawn memorial service on Friday 25 April 2014 at the Christiansborg War Cemetery, Accra, to mark Anzac Day.
Anzac Day is one of Australia's most important national days. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought – in Turkey – by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.
Over the years, Anzac Day has become a time to honour all those who have served their country during war or in peacekeeping operations.
Each year, tens of thousands of people attend Anzac Day dawn services, which are held in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and around the world.
During the Second World War, Ghana (then known as the Gold Coast) provided important support for the Allied forces of the British Army and the Royal Air Force. Six Australian Army and Airmen died while stationed in the Gold Coast during that time. Their graves are to be found in the Christiansborg Cemetery and the Takoradi European Public Cemetery.
Friday’s service will be attended by members of the Australian and New Zealander communities in Ghana, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and representatives of the Veterans’ Administration of Ghana.