The commemoration for fallen Commonwealth soldiers who died in wars, conflicts and peace-keeping operations was held at the New Cemetery of Belgrade, on April 25, 2018, by paying respects and laying wreaths at the WWII Commonwealth Military Cemetery. This day is commemorated each year on April 25, in Australia and New Zealand and was originally established in honor of the Australian and New Zealand Armed Forces (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – ANZAC), who fought against the Ottoman Empire in the WWI Gallipoli Campaign, on April 25, 1915.
The Gallipoli Campaign was one of the bloodiest battles of the WWI, which took place between April 25, 1915 to January 9, 1916, between Germany and Ottoman Empire on one side and allied forces including Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand. The allied forces (Entente) tried to conquer Constantinople and establish control over Bosporus and Dardanelles. More than 60.000 soldiers from New Zealand and Australia landed at the Gallipoli peninsula on April 25, 1915. The number of casualties in land and maritime combat actions is estimated to approximately half a million people.
In addition to representatives of the respective embassies and defense attaché’s offices, the commemoration was attended and respect paid by the Secretary of the Ministry for Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Negovan Stanković, Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Andreja Mladenović, representatives of the Defense Ministry and Serbian Armed Forces.