10 April 2018
The 25th of April marks a significant day for Australians everywhere, as communities nationwide unite to remember the courage, endurance and mateship of our Australian soldiers at Gallipoli in World War 1. Since 1916, ANZAC Day has been an honoured tradition to commemorate the sacrifices of our soldiers. Here’s how to pay your respects around NSW this ANZAC Day.
Head to Pensioners Hill Lookout at sunset on the 24th of April and enjoy the free community concert from the award-winning Shire Band and members of the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music. Locals will come together and reminisce on songs from the ANZACS, whilst delighting in a BBQ dinner prepared by Gunnedah West Rotary Club. Bring along your chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy this night out to begin the ANZAC commemorations for 2018.
Take a moment of solace and gratitude on the beautiful beaches of Newcastle. Listen to the The Ode, observe a moment of silence, and appreciate the communal laying of wreaths. Starting at 5 am, there is nothing quite like hearing the Last Post bugler as the sun rises over our beaches. From 9:15 am there will be an ANZAC Day March followed by the United Commemoration Service.
Head to the banks of the Murray River this ANZAC Day, to commemorate those who fought at Gallipoli with the community of Howlong. Following the 6am Dawn Service at the Cenotaph, the Howlong Golf Resort invites all to attend a gunfire breakfast. Then enjoy the ANZAC Day march and Memorial Service along Hawkins Street, before returning to the Howlong Golf Resort, to enjoy a luncheon with ex and current servicemen.
Shellharbour will once again be holding the City Memorial Service honoring the 103rd year of the ANZAC tradition, to commemorate the 200 soldiers and nurses who served in WW1. Spend time at the Dawn Service in Albion Park at 4:30 am before heading to Harrison Park at 7:20 am, to enjoy the Historical Aircraft Restoration society flying over during the service.
Head down to the local’s favourite and play Two Up with friends and family at the William Farrer Hotel this ANZAC Day. Two Up is a game that the ANZAC’s played throughout generations in the trenches. It involves tossing two coins in the air, and punters “come in spinner” to take a chance on heads or tails. Two Up is only legal on commemorative days in NSW on a basis that the proceeds are dedicated to charity, on a not for profit basis. There will be a marquee set up out the back for everyone to enjoy, as well as food and drinks running all night!
Join the local the community in the ceremonial laying of wreaths in remembrance of the fallen in Ballina. Head to Ballina RSL Memorial at 5:30 am for the ANZAC dawn service, before the ANZAC march commences on River Street at 10:30 am. Visitors will also witness the colourful banners and floats and relish in the celebration of local talent as everyone unites to pay tribute to current and ex servicemen.
Join locals and proud Australian citizens for the Goulburn ANZAC Dawn Service. The service will be held at the Remembrance Wall in Belmore Park. There will also be a short service following this at the War Grave area of the cemetery. Stick around after the ceremony for the ANZAC march. The march will begin forming at 10:30 am. Read over the Honour Roll, and express your gratitude as you take a moment’s silence, whilst looking out over the hills of Goulburn.
When the diggers from WW1 returned to Australia in 1916, they formed the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL Clubs). These clubs supported returned servicemen and their families, and have now become hubs for communal union. On ANZAC Day every year, local RSL clubs nationwide will host a variety of activities. This year Merimbula RSL have organised a luncheon after the service by the sea, followed by Two Up at Merimbula RSL Club.