AN­ZAC Day at Out­rig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort

Tourists will join cel­e­bra­tions, says Peter Hop­good

Fiji Sun - - Nation - WAISEA NASOKIA NADI Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj

Around 300 guests are ex­pected to be part of the AN­ZAC day cel­e­bra­tion at Out­rig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort at dawn on Mon­day. AN­ZAC Day is cel­e­brated on April 25 and is a day of sig­nif­i­cance where all Aus­tralians and New Zealan­ders re­mem­ber their sol­diers who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice and died in all wars, con­flicts, and peace­keep­ing oper­a­tions. It was orig­i­nally to hon­our mem­bers of the Aus­tralian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gal­lipoli against the Ot­toman Em­pire dur­ing World War I. Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Peter Hop­good said: “The big dif­fer­ence is that more and more peo­ple are at­tend­ing our ser­vice. “We ex­pect over 300 peo­ple to be in at­ten­dance at this years’ ser­vice.” He said the for­mat for their AN­ZAC ser­vice would be along the lines as the pre­vi­ous years.

“It is a day where we give grat­i­tude to our past gen­er­a­tions; who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice to en­sure that we live a life of free­dom and peace,” Mr Hop­good said. “On AN­ZAC Day we sa­lute not only the spirit of the AN­ZACS but, in pay­ing trib­ute to them, we take the op­por­tu­nity to ded­i­cate our­selves, to striv­ing for our own coun­tries, as they did, and up­hold­ing their finest qual­i­ties of courage, com­mit­ment, en­durance and mate­ship.” “We re­mem­ber those who con­tinue to suf­fer through their phys­i­cal or men­tal scars, in­clud­ing those next of kin whose grief and sense of loss can never be eased,” Mr Hop­good said.

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