The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, is encouraging residents to make a note in their diaries to attend this year’s Anzac Day Commemoration Service.
It’s a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally marked by both countries on April 25 every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.
British forces were also deeply involved in the Gallipoli campaign, and Anzac Day now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military and peacekeeping operations for their countries.
Cllr Bentley will take part in tributes at this year’s Commemoration Service, which is to be held at the Hailsham War Memorial on Sunday, April 26, from 10.45am and organised by the Hailsham and District Branch of the Royal British Legion.
A parade of ex-service and other local organisations will commence at 10.30am.
Urging people to take time out to remember the fallen, the Mayor said, “It will be a privilege to take part in the commemoration in remembrance of servicemen and women from Australia, New Zealand and other Commonwealth countries who died for their countries.
“It will be particularly poignant as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.
“But Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing in 1915 and is the day we remember those who served and died in all wars and conflicts.
“Although it’s three months away I would encourage local residents to mark it in their diaries now and make a point of attending this important event.”