Anzac and Gallipoli Day in Israel

The assembled gathering was called to order by the Piper playing a lament, and this was followed by some opening remarks to explain the background to the ceremony. Readings of In Flanders Fields by McCrae, and Binyon's For the Fallen were then given, before two minutes silence was observed.

Wreath layers included the diplomatic corps, the Israeli government and armed forces, including those from Australia and New Zealand serving in this region with the United Nations. They were followed by various civil organisations, including the Gallipoli Association. The ceremony ended with the playing of the national anthems of Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

All in all, a brief but nevertheless very dignified act of remembrance, on a bright, hot sunny day, ameliorated by a strong cooling breeze.

Report by member, Michael D. Robson, who represented the Gallipoli Association.