Anzac Day observed

|      Fizah HAB      |

A DAWN service to commemorate Anzac Day was held at the Brunei-Australia Memorial at Muara Beach yesterday, honouring Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Around 100 military personnel and civilians gathered at sunrise to participate in the annual tradition, including Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum in her address said, “Anzac Day is an important occasion for us to pay tribute to all involved who had made personal sacrifices for the freedoms that we enjoy today.”

The dawn service included readings by government and military officials from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Personnel from the Royal Australian Air Force mounted the Catafalque Party (ceremonial guard), and the RBAF Gurkha Reserve Unit provided pipers and buglers.

Jerudong International School students Hannah Bourbon from Australia and Oscar Power from New Zealand took part as flag orderlies while other participants laid wreaths in remembrance. The Brunei-Australia Memorial at Muara Beach marks the site where, on June 10, 1945, Allied Forces led by Australia’s 9th Division landed in Brunei as part of the campaign to liberate Borneo.

Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Major General Pengiran Dato Paduka Seri Aminan bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud and Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum with other attendees at the event
ABOVE AND BELOW: The Commander of the RBAF and the Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam laying wreaths at the memorial. – PHOTOS: SIM YH