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Anzac Day On The Roof Of The World

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Department of Defence Media Release

PACC 108/01 Tuesday 24 April, 2001

ANZAC DAY ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD

The spirit of the ANZACs will be remembered on ANZAC Day on the roof of the world, in the shadow of the North Face of Everest at 8850 metres.

Members of the Tenix Everest 2001 Expedition will join with other Australians, New Zealanders and climbers from other allied nations in commemorating the courage and bravery of those who went before us.

The members of the expedition will conduct a ceremony, which will include the playing of the Last Post, to be followed by a gunfire breakfast.

Expedition Leader, Major Zac Zaharias, said, "It is important to remember past sacrifices, no matter where you are".

Though far from home, the expedition members are carrying on the ANZAC traditions of mateship, courage and the true fighting spirit in their attempt to climb Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

The expedition is now establishing Opentec Advanced Base Camp at 6400 metres and preparations are underway for the summit attempt during the last two weeks of May.

Photos: Images of the expedition are available at http://everest.armyalpine.org.au/updates/dump




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