FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army joins the commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day with a wreath laying ceremony and floral offering, 5:30 am on April 25, held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers (TUKS), Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Undersecretary Eduardo G Batac of the Department of National Defense, His Excellency Bill Tweddell, the Australian Ambassador, His Excellency David Stachan, New Zealand Ambassador and Her Excellency Esra Cankorur, Turkish Ambassador, graced the said occasion as the guests of honor and speakers.
Senior military officers and personnel led by MGen R. Demosthenes C Santillan, Vice Commander of the Philippine Army, and members of the Defense Attaché from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey to the Philippines, members of the Australia and New Zealand communities, other foreign militaries, and other government officials were also present during the said celebration.
ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of both the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forces at Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on April 25, 1915, marking their participation in the First World War. Exactly 100 years ago, the Australian, New Zealand and Turkey governments as well as the Philippines remembers those soldiers who distinguished themselves with courage, gallantry and played important part in the Gallipoli campaign.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Army’s participation from the said occasion is part of the continuing effort in engaging foreign counterparts to further enhance international defense cooperation and strengthen bilateral relations.