“A powerful, solemn dawn service with thousands of people at Pukeahu, all of us standing in silence and solidarity to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our freedom. We will remember them.” – Chargé d’affaires Kevin Covert.
Anzac Day Statement – U.S. Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken
ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE
APRIL 22, 2021.
On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my warmest thoughts to all Australians and New Zealanders as you commemorate ANZAC Day on April 25, 2021.
As we reflect on the incredible acts of bravery and sacrifice of the Gallipoli Campaign 106 years ago, I am humbled by the debt of gratitude we all owe to our service men and women. We honor not just the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who served during the First World War, but all those who have responded to our nations’ calls to service to defend our shared values and freedom.
Since 1915, U.S., Australian, and New Zealand service members have served alongside one another in many global conflicts. Through our strong and deep interpersonal ties, the partnership between our nations continues to grow each year along with the realization that the kinship our armed forces share is more important than ever in helping ensuring a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
As we remember and honor those who have fallen, I am confident that with our enduring spirit of camaraderie and shared sacrifice we will continue to overcome common challenges. Once again, I express my sincere gratitude to all Australians and New Zealanders on this somber day.