ANZAC Day occurs annually on 25 April, when Australians and New Zealanders recognise this day as an occasion of national commemoration.
Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Australian Government has cancelled overseas Anzac Day ceremonies for 2020 – on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, near Villers-Bretonneux in France, Hellfire Pass in Thailand and Sandakan in Malaysia.
The Consulate has been in discussions with the host of the Anzac Dawn Service, (the House of Praise International Church/Christian Outreach Center), and they advise that in line with the Thai Government guidelines and to align with the cancellation of overseas Anzac Services, this year the Dawn Service in Chiang Mai will not take place.
The Australian Embassy Bangkok advises that a decision has been taken to cancel this year’s events, both the Dawn Service at Hellfire Pass and the Commemorative Service at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Additionally, the pandemic has resulted in the temporary closure of the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre for an indefinite period.
It is hoped that the COVID-19 crisis will be resolved quickly and we can be in a position to hold the services in April 2021.