President Reuven Rivlin laid a wreath on Friday at a memorial ceremony to commemorate fallen soldiers of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. The ceremony took place in Jerusalem, at the Commonwealth Military Cemetery on Mt. Scopus.
Rivlin spoke at the ceremony, which this year focused on the commemoration of 100 years since the Battle of Gallipoli, saying, "The bond between the State of Israel and Australia and New Zealand is historic and strong. This bond is based on the common values our nations share: The pioneering spirit, creativity, and faith."
The participation of the army corps in this "tragic and heroic chapter of history" was crucial to the formation of the Jewish state, Rivlin said, adding that no nation should stand by itself. "The Jewish people will always have you as true partners."
"We are standing here today, honoring ANZAC soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the name of liberty," Rivlin told the crowd. "The liberty, we all enjoy today; liberty that should not be taken for granted. May we always remember our heroes, the values they carried, and the cause they died for. May their memory be in our hearts forever."