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Anzac Day service in Gallipoli cancelled amid virus fears

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International Anzac Day services – including the iconic Gallipoli commemoration – have been cancelled as the Federal Government attempts to stem the coronavirus.

International Anzac Day services - including the iconic Gallipoli commemoration - have been cancelled as the Federal Government attempts to stem the coronavirus.

Commemorations at Gallipoli in Turkey and on what was the Western Front in France will be among events scrapped this year because of the pandemic.

Minister for Veterans Affairs Darren Chester said the decision to cancel was made with great regret, but the safety of people involved was most important.

Gallipoli was the bloody battleground fought over by Australian and New Zealand forces who landed there on April 25, 1915 during World War I.

The site in Turkey attracts thousands of Australians every year who honour the sacrifice of past generations.

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"We understand the Anzac Day services in Turkey and France hold a special significance to many Australians who have relatives that fought and died there during World War I," Mr Chester said.

But he said the gathering of more than 500 Australians threatened people's health as the coronavirus spreads.

Other international Anzac Day services scheduled to be held in Thailand, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea have also been cancelled.

Large Anzac Day gatherings in Australian capital cities will go ahead in a different format.

Some dawn services will be held across the country, but the public will be asked not to attend.

Any marches or midday services will be cancelled.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-anzac-day-service-in-gallipoli-cancelled-veterans-affairs-health-advice/5ead60ad-8c5d-4a04-bb9f-2cce9acd3d2e

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