ANZAC Day in Egypt

A member of our team shares her experiences of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Commonwealth War Memorial Cemetery in Cairo this morning.

Often forgotten are the brave ANZAC servicemen that died beyond the shores of Gallipoli, many serving along the Mediterranean coastline in Libya, Egypt and Palestine.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Cairo was headquarters to the British garrison in Egypt. With Alexandria, it became the main hospital centre for Gallipoli in 1915 and later dealt with the sick and wounded from operations in Egypt and Palestine.

This morning we attended the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Commonwealth War Memorial Cemetery in Cairo. This year the commemorations were hosted by Australian Embassy, every other year the services are hosted by New Zealand. On a perfect April morning in the well manicured and candle-lit lawn the services were held and the Last Post played.

The morning is an intimate affair with the Australian Ambassador greeting everyone upon arrival. Australians & New Zealanders living in Egypt, the Ambassador of Turkey, dignitaries from Canada, USA, Pakistan and India amongst others were present as well as a number of tourists in Egypt on holiday, and members of the Australian and New Zealand contingents serving with the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt.

If you are in Egypt on ANZAC Day in 2013, consider coming along. This is a truly unique experience and a chance to pay your respects to the fallen, not to be forgotten.

If you are travelling to Egypt in October 2012, you might like to visit the War Memorials of El Alamein. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein, fought during the 2nd World War and the Australian Government will be organising commemorations and have arranged for a number of Veterans who served here during WWII to attend the event.

The Cairo, Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery is located at:

9 Nabil El Wakad Street

Click here for contact details should you be interested in finding out more about visiting the War Cemeteries of El Alamein or attending the 70th Anniversary later in the year.

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