ANZAC Day Message by His Excellency Niels Holm
Ka tangihia e tatou i tenei wa
Haere haere haere
To the dead and to those being mourned, both yours and ours
We lament them and farewell them
To us the living, greetings to us all
As we gather on Sunday April 25, in the beautiful setting at Bomana War Cemetery with the magnificent memorial looking down on us, we know that in even the smallest towns around New Zealand and Australia, and in towns around the world wherever Kiwis and Australians are, people are gathering at their own war memorials to remember their dead.
These qualities forged the ANZAC spirit, which remains a real and powerful force.
Australians and New Zealanders share the knowledge that in times of crisis, we have acted together to defend freedom, our shared values and our common interests.
And we will continue to do so.
On ANZAC Day, as well as commemorating the New Zealanders and Australians who lost their lives in war, we also think about our fellow countrymen and women who right now are serving us proudly around the globe, and also right here in our region.
It is telling that more often than not these days, our servicemen and women are part of peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance.
We work together in response to humanitarian emergencies in the Pacific, clearing the debris of tsunamis and earthquakes and providing emergency supplies in the aftermath of devastating cyclones.
Together we help provide Solomon Islanders with peace of mind, and a secure space for the country to heal from its conflicts.
We also take this opportunity to offer our deep respect and gratitude for the contributions of the people of
Many Papua New Guineans willingly, and often at great cost to themselves and their communities, displayed those same ANZAC values in serving the Allied cause.
On ANZAC Day, we give thanks to all who have served their countries so that we might live in peace.