OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 -- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement on the occasion of ANZAC Day:
"Today, Canada recognizes ANZAC Day, the most important national day of commemoration in Australia and New Zealand.
"On ANZAC Day, we honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought in the 1915 campaign at Gallipoli, Turkey, during the First World War, where over 35,000 of their troops were killed or wounded. During this battle, Canada's Royal Newfoundland Regiment, the only North American regiment involved in this campaign, also saw 115 of its members wounded or dead. Since then, ANZAC Day has been established as an important day of commemoration for all who served and died in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
"Canada, Australia and New Zealand (CANZ) can look back at over a century of social, economic and political partnership. Throughout the relationship, our three nations cooperated, fighting side-by-side in conflicts and working together in a number of international forums, including the United Nations, where we deal with issues of relevance in the CANZ group, the Commonwealth of Nations. We have a long tradition of defence cooperation, and maintain that cooperation through exercises, training, staff exchanges, and operations such as East Timor, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
"Our relationship has developed over a long history and is based on both a shared past and a common set of values. Canada, Australia and New Zealand share a similar view of the world on a variety of issues, fostered by our shared history and culture, and our parliamentary, legal, social and defence traditions.
"On this day, we stand with our close allies Australia and New Zealand to honour their war dead, and acknowledge the valuable role they have played in contributing to peace and security around the world.
"Lest we forget."
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