Due to ANZAC Day, I thought i would share a few images from the Commonwealth war graves cemetery at Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya.
April 25, is ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the ill-fated Gallipoli (Aegean coast western Turkey) landing in 1915, the first major military engagement fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC Day has grown to where it now honours and remembers all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, battles, and peacekeeping operations.
“In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons”
Herodotus – Greek Historian 484 BC – 409 BC
I visited Libya just before the Libyan civil war in 2011, a war which has left Libya in complete state of lawlessness and terror.
Many thousands of lives have died, and according to Amnesty International it is estimated that over a million people across Libya are in need of humanitarian aid.
The Commonwealth war graves cemetery located at the city of Benghazi situated in Eastern Libya is the last resting place of more than 1000 commonwealth servicemen who gave their lives in the North African desert wars of Montgomery and Rommel during World War 2.
Buried and commemorated at the cemetery are Australian, British, Greek, Indian, Jewish, Libyan, Norwegian, South African and Sudanese servicemen.
The cemetery was built and is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).