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On APRIL 25, the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh hosted a dawn service to commemorate ANZAC Day at 5:15am. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand attended the service. The ANZAC day dawn service has become a solemn tradition in Australia and New Zealand. It started at a small cemetery in the bush outside of the northern Queensland town of Herberton. In November 1914, Reverend White conducted a service for the men in his battalion of the First Australian Imperial Force before departing from Albany, Western Australia. When he returned to Australia in 1919, he was appointed rector of the St John’s Church in Albany. With the launching point of the he AIF convoys becoming his parish, Reverend White paid tribute to the troops, saying Albany “was the last sight of land these ANZAC troops saw after leaving Australian shores and some of them never returned. We should hold a service at the first light of dawn each Anzac Day to commemorate them.” Photos by Hong Menea