ANZAC Day is a commemorative day on 25 April for Australian and New Zealand Armed forces who served the country in WWI, WWII and other wars.
The day starts with a Dawn service, with participation from people from all walks of life, standing along retired and current servicemen. The communities and individuals pay respect and lay the wreath to express their emotions.
This was the second consecutive year, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Australia was listed among other communities and associations to participate in the central parade and lay the wreath, in the ceremony held at Riverstone, in the proximity of Masjid Bait-ul-Huda Sydney. Respected Ameer Sahib Jama’at Ahmadiyya Australia, Imam Inam-ul-Haq Kausar Sahib lead the Jama’at delegate and laid the wreath on behalf of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association. 15 Ansar members, along with Respected Sadr Sahib Majlis Ansarullah Australia, Firoz Ali Shah Sahib, were present. The government officials who attended the ceremony included but not limited to the Federal Member of the Parliament for Greenway, Hon. MP Ms Michelle Rowland, State Member of the Parliament for Riverstone, Hon. MP Mr Kevin Conolly, local councillor of Blacktown City Council, Hon. Cr Moninder Singh. Prior arrangements were made working closely with the ceremony officials for Jama’at name to be listed among those laying the wreath.
The day started with assembly at the designed location at 5am. Among other communities, our members joined the central parade that walked towards the memorial.
The ceremony finished with the national anthem of Australia and New Zealand, followed by one minute silence to show respect and honour, and then blank shots were fired.
After the ceremony, members had the opportunity to meet public and army officers, and exchange notes and thoughts on ‘Love of country of residence’. Local media was also present to captured the event proceedings.
Similar ceremonies were held in other parts of Sydney, viz, Martin Place in Sydney Central, Kellyville, Blacktown and Rooty Hill. Ansar members from nearby Majalis attended these ceremonies with zeal and passion.