Veterans, Government officials and dignitaries gathered this morning to pay tribute to Australian, New Zealand and Samoan soldiers who lost their lives at Anzac Cove on the shores of Gallipolli Turkey during World War I.
The ceremony was held in front of the Clock Tower, which was built by Public Subscription in Samoa in commemoration of the Samoan men and it was led by a small parade of Veterans and members of the Police force.
The parade was led by the President of Samoa’s Returned Services Association (R.S.A.), Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio.
Also in attendance were the Head of State, his Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, Masiofo Fa’amausili Leinafo, Malietoa Moli II, DiplimatiCabinet Ministers and Acting Police Commissioner Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. They laid wreaths in honour and respect for the fallen heroes.
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said a 107 years ago, the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand marked their arrival at World War in Turkey, where the solders served alongside those from England France and India.
The soldiers came from all sorts of backgrounds but they each shared the terrible experience of war.
For more than 100 years the men and women of New Zealand Australia in the Navy, Army and Air Force, honoured the memories of the original Anzacs.