Anzac Day 2014 will be observed on Friday 25 April to commemorate servicemen and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who fought and died in the interests of world peace.
In this the 100th year since the outbreak of World War One, Anzac Day 2014 marks the 99th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at ANZAC cove in 1915, at the same time as British and French forces landed further along the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. This campaign resulted in a very high number of allied soldiers being killed, wounded and recorded as missing.
For Tongans, New Zealanders and Australians, 25 April has become a day of national reflection, as we pause to remember and honour men and women who have served and sacrificed in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. We share with peoples of other nationalities the loss and sacrifice and the sense of the ultimate futility of war.
To commemorate the day in Tonga, a Dawn Service on Friday 25 April, commencing at 5.55am sharp will be held at the Cenotaph at Pangai Si’i. Captain Sila Siufanga, Regional Commander of the Salvation Army, will be the Officiating Minister.
Members of the public are invited to attend. All those attending are asked to be seated by 5.45am. Medals may be worn.
It would be advisable to bring a torch to be able to read the service programme.
Ongoongo Faka-Tonga / News in Tonga
‘Oku fai foki hono mamata’i ‘o e ‘aho fakamanatu o e Anzac he ‘aho ni 25 ‘o ‘Epeleli ki he kau tangata mo e kau fefine mei Tonga, ‘Aositelelia mo Nu’u Sila ne nau tau mo to tau foki koe’uhi ko e melino ma’a mamani.
Ko e ta’u’aki foki eni hono 100 talu hono pavaki ‘o e tau lahi ‘a mamani, ko e ta’u ‘aki ai ia hono 99 e fuofua tu’uta ‘a e kau tau ‘a ‘Aositelelia mo Nu’u Sila he feitu'u ko ia ne fakatahataha ai ‘a e ANZAC ‘i he 1915, taimi tatau ne tu’uta hake kau tau ‘a Pilitania mo Falanisee ki he peninisula Kalipoli ‘i Toake.
Ko e feinga tau ‘eni ne mole lahi ai ha ngaahi mo’ui ‘a e kau tau fakatahataha, lavelavea pea pehe ki he matu’aki puli ‘ikai ha toe longona a e tokolahi 'o kinautolu.
Ki he kainga Tonga, kakai Nu’u Sila mo e kau ‘Aositelelia kuo hoko ‘a e ‘aho 25 ‘o ‘Epeleli ko e ‘aho ‘o ha laulotoa fakafonua, pea ‘i he vaa’i taimi kuo tau ki’i taimi hifo ai ke manatua mo fakalangilangi’i ‘a e kau tangata mo e kau fefine ne nau to’o fatongia he ngaahi tau, fepaki pehe ki he fai 'o e ngaue fakamelino. ‘Oku tau fe’inasi’aki mo e ngaahi fonua kehe ‘i he mole mo e kalusefai mo e ongo'i 'a e ta’e ha ‘uhinga lelei ke fai ai ha tau.
‘E fakamanatua ‘a e ‘aho ni ‘i Tonga ‘a ia ko ha ouau hengihengi ia ‘i he ‘aho Falaite ko eni 25 o Epeleli ‘e kamata ‘i he 5.55am ‘i he maka fakamanatu ‘i Pangai Si’i. ‘E fakahoko ia ‘aki ha lotu tataki ‘e he Komanita Fakafeitu’u ‘o e Salvation Army. ‘Oku fakaafe’i atu ‘a e kainga kotoa ke mou kau mai.