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Anzac Day 2016

Posted on May 5, 2016 by Lauren May

Anzac Day, held on April 25th every year, is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, honouring everyone who has served in “all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations”. Our Operations Manager, Terance Puna, noticed this year that as the day was approaching, there was a feeling of people in the office coming together and rallying. “There are a few Aussies and Kiwis on our team, and we are quite passionate about our military history and Anzac Day,” he explains. “It is one of the few days when we are actually not at war with each other on the playing field in sport”.

This year, two of our staff members, Alana and Emily, suggested that red poppies be put on the front of the grill of our vehicles. “I thought it was a great idea,” says Terance. “So I decided to look into it and found that it would be easier to use stickers, and the idea took off from there”. The stickers were used on 27 vans and lorries and the campaign was so well-liked that we were approached by Stokes Travel (http://stokes travel.com/trips/stokes-bbq-sports-day-london/) who asked to use one of our vans as part of a Kiwis v Aussies sports days (traditionally held on a weekend close to Anzac Day).

Terance, Alana and Emily also attended the 5am Anzac Day service held at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, with Terance participating in the Maori performance. The service was attended by Prince Harry, who laid wreaths on behalf of the Queen at Wellington Arch and the Cenotaph. [LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36128472]