With public commemorative gatherings made impossible by coronavirus, Cambridge people are being encouraged to remember from their homes, the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who gave their lives in the World Wars.

ANZAC day takes place annually on Saturday, 25 April and is usually marked in Cambridge with a parade and wreath laying ceremony.

There are 252 Australian and 81 New Zealand soldiers buried in the city.

Daniel Zeichner MP, who had been due to lay a wreath, held a Zoom meeting with the Royal Air Force Association. Following the meeting, Mr Zeichner said: “It is important never to forget the contribution from so many people from so far away who lost their lives in conflicts past. As we remember, we pledge to ensure we always work for peace.”

David Bailey, chair of the city’s Royal Air Force Association said: “When we are paying our respects to those who are giving their services and lives to help and support those suffering and dying from the Coronavirus, do not let us forget also on the 25th April the sacrifices the servicemen and women from Australia and New Zealand made in WW2 to support and help Britain when it was alone.”

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