Today is ANZAC Day, and the 107 anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign. While the Royal Newfoundland Regiment would not arrive until September, this was where the first Newfoundlanders to die in World War I rest. It is heartening to recall the words of the Turkey’s modern founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk – himself a former Gallipoli commander:
“You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
Yesterday the Australian American Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand American Association of San Francisco once again hosted their annual ANZAC Day Service – and, unfortunately, the Royal Canadian Legion was not able to be represented this year.
Below are some pictures courtesy of the Australian American Chamber of Commerce and SF Kiwis – New Zealand American Association San Francisco.
Below are also a couple of videos courtesy of SF Kiwis – New Zealand American Association San Francisco.
Keith Cooper reading “In Flanders Field”
Taps Bugle Call
An announcement from our Commonwealth colleagues about the up-coming ANZAC Day service.
ANZAC Memorial Service April 2022
It is with great pleasure that we are inviting you to join us at the ANZAC Memorial Service this coming Sunday, April 24 at 12:00 Noon
We will be congregating at the Mateship Memorial in Heroes Grove, which is in Golden Gate Park. Following the short ceremony, we will retire to the East Meadow Picnic Area and enjoy a BYO picnic with friends.
Ample parking is available at the Music Concourse Parking Garage.
There is limit on numbers attending this outdoor event. All are welcome and your friends are too.
We apologize for the late notification but it was very difficult to confirm the appropriate venue. Many thanks to SFAussies for their great job of getting it all sorted
KIWI PICNIC July 2022
After two years of waiting, we can now toss those gumboots, try our luck in the sack race, laugh over the egg and spoon race, go wild over the lolly scramble and fire up the Barbie! Hooray.
This is our signature family event for the year, back by popular demand, at the Carousel Picnic Ground in Tilden Park.
Save this date and be sure to let you friends know how much fun this is; we welcome you all, as we get to show and share some of our Kiwi spirit.
Date: July 31st
Start: 11:00 AM
Extra special: We will be debuting some SF Kiwis merchandise and are very excited to be sharing this with you at the picnic!
If you have penchant for Kiwi games, Kiwi Trivia, and otherwise helping with the organization of this really fun family event, then please reach out to us as firstname.lastname@example.org. We really appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you.
NZAASF: Our mission is to promote and foster good relations between NZ and the US through a variety of social and cultural events held in the Bay Area.
We received this from our colleagues in the SFKiwi’s organization.
ANZAC 2022 commemorative service. Open to all. Please join us at the Mateship Memorial in Heroes Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Sunday April 24 at 12 p.m. for a short service.
Following this you are invited to a BYO picnic at the 14th Ave. East Meadow Picnic area.
Massive thanks to the sfaussies for sorting out the venue and taking the lead on the organizing. FYI this is not being streamed this year.
Looking forward to catching up with a lot of you again on Sunday!
Earlier today the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 25 (representing the San Francisco Bay area) partnered with the Australian American Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand American Association of San Francisco to stream a small ANZAC day service from Hero’s Grove in Golden Gate National Park on Sunday, 25 April, which began at 10am. This is a recording of that streamed event.
The Royal Canadian Legion was present at the service to represent the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, which joined the ANZAC forces at Gallipoli. 2021 is an important year for the Regiment and Gallipoli, as only days ago the final caribou statue was installed in Gallipoli, completing the Trail of the Caribou (i.e., the sites where the Royal Newfoundland regiment fought during World War I).
An item from Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project.
Please find attached the News Release: Today We Remember ANZAC Day, April 25, 2021, with a quote from the Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, for reference.
My very best regards,
President and Chief Executive Officer
Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP)/
Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award Institute
Attachment: News Release-Today We Remember ANZAC Day- April 25, 2021.pdf