Saturday, April 25, 2009

Hundreds attend ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Port Moresby

Hundreds of people attended the traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Bomana War Cemtery outside Port Moresby today.

The ceremony started at 5am with the Mounting of the Guard by the First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

This was followed by the Cafalque Party moving into position, welcome by Master of Ceremonies Mick Pye, singing of hym Abide With Me, Requiem by Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Chris Moraitis, Prayer by Major Kelvin Alley of the Salvation Army, First Reading by Papua New Guinea Governor General Sir Paulias Matane, Second Reading by Australian Defence Adviser Colonel Luke Foster, saying of the Lord’s Prayer, Address by New Zealand High Commissioner Neils Holm, Wreath Laying, Reading by Papua New Guinea Defence Force Commander Commodore Peter Ilau, The Ode by Ms Christine Coulthard of the Gungahlin RSL Sub-Branch and Mr Joe Filippi of the Port Moresby RSL, The Last Post, Two Minutes Silence, Lament, Reveille, National Anthem of Papua New Guinea, National Anthem of Australia and National Anthem of New Zealand.

Those who attended included members of the diplomatic corps and hundreds of trekkers who had walked the Kokoda Trail.

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