BY UNA MURRAY — ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.
Australian and New Zealand tourists holidaying at the Outrigger on the Lagoon – Fiji were able to remember the lives of fallen war heroes who had served their countries on this special day as a special ceremony was held at sunrise.Richard Huntley from Australia said it was the best ANZAC Day celebration for him. “The event was beautiful. What got to me is the fact that the Fijians embraced the ceremony. The choir did a great job singing the national anthem, and they sang it with pride. I was deeply touched.”
General Manager Peter Hopgood said, “We Australians and New Zealanders love Fiji. How lucky we are as residents to have the luxury and freedom to take our holidays in this beautiful country of yours.” He added that the day was also a time to reflect on Australia and New Zealand’s commitment to continue to contribute to peace in other parts of the world.”