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US inspired by ANZAC courage

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/04/2017 Peter Mitchell, NZN US Correspondent

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sent Australia and New Zealand America's best thoughts, prayers and wishes for ANZAC Day.

"This ANZAC Day we are honoured to stand with New Zealand and Australia to remember the past, reflect on the present, and, most solemnly, honour your fallen," Mr Tillerson said.

He noted by the time the American Expeditionary Forces were organised in 1917 for the Great War, ANZAC forces had been fighting for over two years from the shores of Gallipoli to the Western Front.

"Your courage against all odds inspired news stories that spread across the United States, exposing the American people to your steadfastness and deeply-held sense of mateship," Mr Tillerson said.

"The tenacity and sacrifice of your brave service men and women represent to this day the determination of the people of Australia and New Zealand to defend democracy and freedom."

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