Lest we forget!

By Sina Filifilia Seva’aetasi ,

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The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, lays  a  wreath at the foot of the Apia Town Clock during the dawn parade yesterday where Samoa joined Australia, New Zealand and thousands of others around the world to commemorate ANZAC Day.

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, lays a wreath at the foot of the Apia Town Clock during the dawn parade yesterday where Samoa joined Australia, New Zealand and thousands of others around the world to commemorate ANZAC Day. (Photo: Charlina Tone/Office of the Australian High Commission)

The Last Post sounded loud and clear on Beach Road yesterday morning where hundreds of people had gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealanders, known as ANZAC.

Samoans joined with Australians  and New Zealanders around the world with the ceremonial dawn service and parade held at the centre of Apia’s Township.  

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese, the Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi joined members of the diplomatic corps from Australia and New Zealand for the ceremony.

Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, spoke about the significance of the day.

 “ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915,” she said. 

“It goes beyond the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942." 

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi looks on as the parade advances.
The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi looks on as the parade advances.
Former R.S.A. president and Vietnam veteran, Fa’amausili Moli Malietoa  during the wreath laying ceremony.
Former R.S.A. president and Vietnam veteran, Fa’amausili Moli Malietoa during the wreath laying ceremony.
P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford with New Zealand High Commissioner, David Nicholson paying their respects at the dawn service.
Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford with New Zealand High Commissioner, David Nicholson paying their respects at the dawn service.

“On ANZAC Day we remember those who served in the Australian and New Zealand defence forces on active service from the Boer War to Afghanistan, including those currently serving with United Nations missions."  

“We remember service personnel and civilians of every nation who suffered or continue to suffer through war.”

“ANZAC Day is a day for us to stand together to remember and thank in our own way all those who lost their lives or suffered injuries as they fought courageously for their country and their families back home. We remember their sacrifice and their bravery and we honour them with utmost respect today,” she continued.  

“Through this remembrance, their memories will live on,. Lest we forget.”

Following Ms. Langford’s speech, was the wreath laying procession at the town clock where his Highness Tui Atua alongside Prime Minister Tuilaepa and members of the diplomatic core paid their respects.  

From there,  the ceremonial “The Last Post” bugle call, “One Minute” silence, “The Rouse bugle call, were completed.  As the sun began to shine, formalities and refreshments were completed inside the R.S.A. building."

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