Town gathers at War Memorial for Anzac service

Gallipoli
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The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, laid a wreath at Hailsham’s Anzac Service on Sunday.

It was held at the town’s War Memorial in remembrance of servicemen from the Commonwealth who lost their lives in war.

The event saw Hailsham town councillors join representatives from the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Forces Association, veterans, cadets and residents to mark Anzac Day.

A national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, Anzac Day was originally commemorated 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 involved in the Gallipoli campaign, which began 100 years ago, with the (Mediterranean Expeditionary Force) 29th Division which landed on the same day, and Anzac Day now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military and peacekeeping operations for their countries.

Hailsham Town Clerk John Harrison said, “Anzac Day is a time to honour the sacrifice made by others, a sacrifice that has enabled our generation to enjoy the rights of freedom and democracy that Britain and the rest of the Commonwealth offers.

“Let this always be the case.

“I’m delighted that many people attended this important service and grateful to them for paying their respects to those who fought at Gallipoli during the First World War and for showing their support.”

Anzac troops served at Gallipoli, in Palestine and on the Western Front. The small cove at Gallipoli where Australian and New Zealand troops landed on April 25 1915 became known as Anzac Cove.