For the first time in the 94-year history of the Cyprus Community of NSW, the Anzac Day organisers have invited our Cyprus Community to participate in the Anzac Day march in Sydney.
Under the auspices of the Cyprus Community of NSW the contingent that will march on Anzac Day will be known as “CYPRUS REGIMENT – CYPRIOTS FOR ANZACS”.
This web site has been created to give a brief history of the Cypriots involvement in various wars where Cypriots fought with Allied Forces and to honour their contribution.
If you are a Cypriot Veteran or have a ‘connection’ with a Cypriot veteran either directly or indirectly then we ask you consider marching on Anzac Day to honour those who served.
ANZAC Day – Meaning to Cypriots
Few national days’ pay homage to the heroism of others than, ANZAC DAY.
It is much more than commemoration of the landing of the ANZACs from their base on the Greek Aegean island of Lemnos to land on the Ancient Greek settlement of Gallipoli.
The Gallipoli Campaign with its ambitious plans for the allies and for Greece in particular is perhaps a starting point to acknowledge the selfless deeds that guarantees the freedoms and lifestyle we all enjoy today.
THIS HAS COME AT A PRICE.
The people of Cyprus have paid that price, standing shoulder to shoulder with the allies, and with the ANZACs in Greece, France, Middle East, Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Italy and beyond.
Cypriots’ participation in ANZAC Day march and beyond is an honour and recognition of the selfless deeds that made victory possible, our freedoms secure.
ANZAC Day is observed in Nicosia, Cyprus with a dawn service held at the Wayne’s Keep Military Cemetery. The ceremony is attended by officials of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the Australian High Commissioner with Australian expatriates and Cypriot veterans.
We ask all Australians of Cypriot background to ask their, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and perhaps those from the same villages, whether their family took part in any war effort overseas or with the Australian armed forces.
Acknowledgement of Country
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO HONOUR THOSE WHO SERVED, PAST & PRESENT, BY REGISTERING TO MARCH ON ANZAC DAY IN SYDNEY UNDER THE ‘CYPRUS REGIMENT – CYPRIOTS FOR ANZACS’ CONTINGENT.
The people of Cyprus have been hardened by conflict, in a region synonymous with turmoil.
Cyprus is located, in a volatile junction of Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe, where conflict is inevitable.
In modern times Cypriots volunteered to join the allied forces in World War I and World War II for British, French, Australian & Greek armed forces. Many continue to do so till this day.
The best known is perhaps the CYPRUS REGIMENT, a volunteer unit of the British Army, which saw action side by side with Australian and Greek Forces during World War II.
More than 30,000 Cypriots volunteered and served on the front line with distinction in the Battle of France, Battle of Crete, in Greece, North Africa, Egypt, Italy and the Middle East.
In France 476 Cypriots volunteered to the front line in the defence of France.
On a visit to Cyprus in 1943, Winston Churchill praised the “soldiers of the Cyprus Regiment who have served honourably on many fields from Libya to Dunkirk”… Read More »
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