Australian Consulate-General
Hong Kong
Also accredited to Macau

Media Release 25 April 2020

Lest We Forget: Anzac Day in Hong Kong

(HONG KONG, 25 April 2020) – Consuls-Generals of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have commemorated Anzac Day by paying private respects at the Sai Wan War Cemetery, to those who have served in defence of their countries.

Anzac Day is an important day of remembrance for Australians and New Zealanders. It marks the landing at Gallipoli in Turkey of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War One. It was Australia's first major military battle after becoming a sovereign country.

“Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the tragic landing at Gallipoli. It is a significant day to honour all those who have served our countries and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts and in peace-keeping missions globally,” Acting Australian Consul-General Ryan Neelam said.

“It’s a symbol of national pride and an expression of attributes we value – courage, sacrifice, mateship and resilience. These attributes help shape our national identity, and reflect how the spirit of our nation was forged. It is also a sobering reminder of the horror of war.”

“This year’s Anzac Day is like no other. It’s a great regret that we have cancelled the public commemoration, but this was necessary in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the Hong Kong government’s response measures.”

Today’s private commemoration, just after dawn, involved the laying of wreaths by the Consuls-General.

Among those buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery are 33 Australians and one New Zealander. Each was brought here for burial from other theatres in the Pacific.

Mr Neelam said the public are also welcome to pay tributes at their leisure, while observing official requirements on reduced gatherings and social distancing.

Anzac Day services are held in almost every city and town across Australia and in many countries around the world. But this year, official commemorations have been cancelled across Australia and overseas due to COVID-19.

Australians continued to mark this important day by holding their own private commemorations.

*Note to Editors:
Photos from this morning’s service are available for download at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMNjvj2. Video is also available here:  https://www.facebook.com/AustraliaInHKMacau/videos/2472169963096265/