ANZAC Day reminds Sabah to develop sense of togetherness

Australian Remembrance day poppies

It was the first major battle of World War I for Australian and New Zealand troops, who were sitting ducks landing in a hail of bullets as they attempted to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

The monument was erected in 1923 to commemorate fallen British soldiers who fought in the first world war and fallen Australian war heroes who fought to defend Sabah, then known as North Borneo, in the second world war.

In Britain, Prince Harry and his fiance, Meghan Markle, paid tribute to Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women at the dawn service.

Later in the day there will be a procession, followed by a service at Westminster Abbey.

Maj Gen Kelly said Australians and New Zealanders would continue to visit Anzac Cove on April 25 each year, to remember the sacrifices of those who gave up their lives or went home with bad physical and mental scars. We honour the service of those who came half way around the world.

"Everyone is welcome to attend the service in recognition of the sacrifice made by personnel of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps". Tens of thousands of Turkish nationals and soldiers died, along with tens of thousands of Europeans, plus around 7,000 - 8,000 Australians and almost 3,000 New Zealanders.

Wreaths were laid by dignitaries, there was a fly-past from the Australian Airforce, and extracts from soldiers' diaries were read out during the ceremony.

For photos of the Anzac Day 2018 Laidley Dawn Service, see the gallery below.

Two hymns were sung during the service, Amazing Grace and Abide With Me, which also held a special place in hearts of veterans.

Thousands of POWs and Asian workers died during Japanese occupation when they were forced to work on the railways in Kanchanaburi.

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