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NPS, NSAM Community Honors ANZAC Day
U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Brian H. Abel

NPS, NSAM Community Honors ANZAC Day

By MC3 Brian H. Abel

NPS student Australian Army Capt. Adam Hepworth addresses the audience during the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day ceremony outside Herrmann Hall at dawn, April 25. ANZAC Day commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and perished in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

"The ceremony this morning is ANZAC Day," said Hepworth. "It marks the Battle of Gallipoli and the landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, 101 years ago today in Turkey."

The ceremony, which was attended by U.S., Australian and Turkish service members, commenced at sunrise.

"The Soldiers landed on the beach that day at dawn, where they encountered resistance from the Turkish forces," said Hepworth. "That is why the ceremony is held at dawn. Many of our Soldiers perished that very morning."

During the ceremony, Hepworth gave a commemorative speech for the fallen Soldiers who helped Australia and New Zealand, two youthful nations, establish their own identities on the global stage. In closing, Hepworth expressed his appreciation to those in attendance for sharing in this important day of remembrance. 

"I would like to thank the NPS community very much for being so welcoming this morning, and being so respectful of this day for us," said Hepworth. 

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