Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
Usually observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally established to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
The HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial (HAMM), in association with 19 Wing Comox, is once more host to the Vancouver Island Anzac Day on Saturday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. to commemorate Anzac Day and to provide local Island residents with ties to southern Commonwealth countries a Day of Remembrance.
The free event will be held at HMCS Quadra (at Goose Spit) and requires advanced registration from the museum’s website (alberniproject.org) or at HAMM at 625 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay.
Along with guest speakers that will include Anil Inan, the Consul General of Turkey, there will be musical guests Comox Military Wives Choir. Refreshments will be provided by Comox Valley McDonald’s and the Peppermill Program.
A special feature of this year’s ceremony, the Hedger Medal, will be making its final appearance in Canada before being hand-delivered to New Zealand to be repatriated and handed over to Hedger’s descendants during the National Anzac Day events in Wellington.
Anzac Week at HAMM will include special screenings of the film Gallipoli and other ANZAC documentaries will be held all week in the William Leslie Wing at HAMM.
For more information on participating, corporate sponsoring, or volunteering for this event contact Lewis Bartholomew at 250-897-4611 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are available through email prior to April 19.
NOTE: Photo ID at the Quadra gate may be required with registered ticket.