100 Years of ANZAC

 

Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national days of commemoration and is observed on 25 April each year. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915, during WWI.

However, the importance of Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by service women and men of both Australia and New Zealand who have participated and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and to send our thanks to those currently in service.

Significance of Belgium

2017 commemorates the services of over 300,000 Australians who, in 1917, continued to fight battles on the Western Front, a 750-kilometre area from the Belgian coast, through France and the Swiss border.

In West Flanders, Belgium, ANZAC troops were engaged in the Battle of Messines from June 1917. In later months, Australian divisions fought the Battles of Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge, Poelcappelle and Passchendaele.

These battles were part of the Third Battle of Ypres, the major campaign fought on the Western Front. Despite initial victories, the onset of the heaviest rains in 30 years and difficult conditions led to the withdrawal of Australian troops by November. It was here that many Australian soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

2017 Anzac Events and Dawn Services

23 April, Epping Sunday Service
2pm Epping Club followed by wreath laying at Boronia Park

25 April, Parramatta Anzac Dawn Service
4am March from the Parramatta RSL Club
4:30am Dawn Service and wreath laying at Prince Alfred Square

25 April, Epping Anzac Dawn Service
5:45am March from Cnr Blaxland and Epping Rds
6am Dawn Service at Forest Park, Epping

Anzac School Holiday Program

Poppy Making Workshops
Create a poppy and add it to the river of poppies on the memorial gates

Centenary Square, Parramatta
10-13 April, 10am - 1pm
18-21 April, 10am - 1pm

Westfield Parramatta
Outside of Lush, Level 3
24 April, 11am - 2pm

North Rocks Shopping Centre
Outside Priceline
24 April, 11am - 2pm

Anzac Craft Workshops
Build a WWI bi-plane or decorate and write your own postcard to send home from the frontline.

Centenary Square, Parramatta
10-13 April, 10am - 1pm
18-21 April, 10am - 1pm

Anzac Projections
Listen to the stories of local ANZAC soldiers and watch their stories come to life with a large-scale audio-visual projection across the sandstone façade of the historic St John’s Cathedral.

St John’s Cathedral
10-24 April, 5:40pm - 12am
25 April, 12am - 6:30am