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This early morning hours of April 25,  was with a company on an organized bus  by the Australian Embassy in Budapest to participate in the Solymár at the “British Cemetery”, the War Memorial commemorating the ANZAC Day. The ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand is a Public Holiday in memorial to all the  dead troops who landed off the coast of Gallipoli/Turkey in 1915.  ANZAC  stands for Australian and New Zealand  Army Corp. The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word ANZAC to their vocabulary and creating the notion of the ANZAC spirit.

The 1915 issue was raised by Sir Winston Churchill  proposal the First Lord of Admiralty to Entente  the Dardanelles The siege began with troops landing at  the Gallipoli Peninsula  on the 25th of April, 1915  In January, 1916 the operation ended unsuccessfully, as the Allied troops pulled out easily, the defending Turkish army successfully defended the strait at Dardanelles. Gallipoli is actually a failed battle and lead to enter in history to the First World War. It was then the Australians and New Zealanders first deployment of an independent military force, which was lost, but once stood, and this is the background of the memorial service.  The lost and casualties were 25,000 Australians, including 8,700 army personals who were killed or died of wound diseases. On this day we also honor the returned women and servicemen.

The British Cemetery, the War Memorial at Solymár is surrounded with a concrete fence.  At the center stands a tall stone cross. It was given as a gift of the British Empire, War Graves Commission  to the Hungary Gov.

The Officiating Ministers were, Reverend Canon Mr. Denis Moss and the service started by the reading of the Bidding by Reverend,  Mr. Frank Hegedűs “We shall also pray for the  world they dies to serve that goodwill, trust and peace may supplant hatred, fear and conflict, so that the fruits of the lives they gave in death may not be wasted or lost” .

The Australian Ambassador, HE Mr. John Griffin said the prayer of Remembrance … ” To-day we remember with thanksgiving those who made the supreme sacrifice for us in the time of war. We pray that the offering in their lives may not have been in vain. To-day we dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace and for wisdom and strength to build a better world!”

From the Australian Embassy: Mr. Adam McKay recited  “The Ode”  from Laurence Binyon: “For the Fallen”: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun And in the morning. We will remember them.”

The Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, HE Mr. Hasan Kemai Gür‚ recalled the words of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives; You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”

Thereafter, the commemoration continued with the  trumpeter sounds and after two minutes of silence. The  presence of   Australia,  New Zealand, Hungary (Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Hungary) and (Ministry of Defence),  Turkey,  Pakistan,  United Kingdom,  France,  South Africa, Canada diplomatic missions whom laid their wreath. The Aussie community temporary staying in Hungary and the  former Aussies laid their rosemary leafs and flowers in front of the graves at the Australian  “heroes”.

At the end of the Ceremony, the Australian Ambassador  invited the HE’s and the others who attended at the Service to his residence for a “cuppa-of-tea” and a taste of Australia’s original Aussie pie.

It is always a sad day when it comes to a commemorational  day,  but a very pleasant one of gathering and proof of mateships.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on 26/04/2012 at 11:19

    What a wonderful thing to find this report recognising Anzac day in Budapest …As a proud Aussie it just sends the message to me that all of us are brothers and sisters in a global community…To see the photos gave me such a feeling of belonging and I thank this reporter so much for providing the detail….Thanks again…Chris…Lest we Forget…..

    • G’Day Chris,
      Tks. for taking your time to “come over to Budapest!”.
      Your not the only one to be proud to be an Aussie and at an event like this it shows how deeply we are connected to our “heroes”.
      They should be never forgotten, nor to say “It didn’t happen” just like many things are said in our days!
      Regards from Budapest 🙂

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  3. Posted by Sue Szikla on 25/04/2017 at 02:40

    So glad to find these photos , we happened to be in Budapest on Anzac Day 2012 and found ourselves here at this moving ceremony , paying our respects to servicemen who lost their lives . We also enjoyed the hospitality of the ambassador afterwards and mingled with expat Aussies . Such an unforgettable day . !! Sue and Chris , Melbourne Australia .

    • Cheers Sue and Chris … lovely to have traced my website and found some snaps to lighten up the heartfelt day here in Budapest. It is wonderful to hear these kinda feedbacks, bouncing back to the origin place. Hope the memorial service in Melb. was touchy and held the time to remember relatives and family members who have long gone ahead 😦 … Best wishes from Budapest to Melbourne.

      • Posted by Chris on 27/04/2017 at 09:21

        Wonderful to read your messages re Anzac Day Aggie….In the last decade the numbers have increased a great deal attending the service and in most suburbs there are also smaller versions run by the R.S.L.Clubs…..One thing never changes, it is always a very moving ceremony and to see so many children with their parents is very gratifying…..I’m sure the old diggers that remain, and their numbers are few would get great joy seeing such respect being shown for their fallen mates by another generation appreciating the sacrifice they made so long ago and so far away.

      • Thank-you for your heartful meaning words 🙂

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