Anzac Day, Monday, April 25, marks the 101st anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Australians recognise April 25 as an occasion of national commemoration. Commemorative services are held at dawn, the time of the original landings at Gallipoli. Later in the day ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller townships around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
This year's commorative events are held at the following locations:
AGNES WATER/ SEVENTEEN SEVENTY
Assemble at Rock Latino Café at 5.30am for coffee. Dawn Service commences at 6am at Agnes Water Cenotaph followed by Breakfast at Agnes Water Tavern at 7am
Community Memorial Service
March at 9.45am Agnes Water Tavern and then Service starts at 10.30am at the Cenotaph at Agnes Water and then back to Agnes Water Tavern for morning tea and activities.
Service starts at 6am at the Cenotaph at Bororen Memorial Park.
Service starts at 5.30am at Cenotaph, Stirling Park, Boyne Island – BBQ Breakfast after service in Lions Park (gold coin donation) (adjacent to Stirling Park)
Participants gather at 8.30am march from Boyne Plaza Carpark to Stirling Park and then service starts at 9am led by Gladstone Municipal Band. Activities and refreshments will follow at 11am at the Boyne Tannum Bowls Club's clubhouse for ex-service personnel and invited guests
Meet at 10.45am at Bunting Park and march to Cenotaph, RSL Hall, Stirrat Street, Calliope for 11am service. Followed by luncheon at Diggers Arms Hotel, Calliope for members, returned and service veterans, serving ADF personnel and invited guests.
Form up at 5.25am and march off at 5.30am from Valley Shopping Centre facing Herbert Street then service follows at ANZAC Park.
Main Parade and Civic Ceremony
Form up at 10.25am and march at 10.30am from Gladstone Regional Council building followed by service at 11am. Luncheon (invited guests) 12.30pm at the Gladstone RSL, Bowls and Citizens Club. Mayor to take the salute at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
Assemble for a 4.15am for 4.30am service at south side of Miriam Vale Hotel (grassed area next door) followed by public breakfast (small fee - part of fee will go to Legacy) and entertainment. Hotel has special licence to open from 5am.
Muster at 5am for service at 5.30am Showgrounds Memorial Garden Cenotaph at Mt Larcom and District Armed Services Centre (RSO building) followed by gunfire breakfast $5.00
Assemble at 10.30am for an 11am ceremony at the Showgrounds Memorial Garden Cenotaph Mt Larcom and District Armed Services Centre (RSO building) – there will be a sausage sizzle, raffles and music on conclusion.
Assemble by 6am outside Memorial Hall on James Street and march to Cenotaph. Service runs from 5.45am and concludes about 6.30am. A Gunfire Breakfast will then be held at the Memorial Hall.
SOUTH END (Curtis Island)
Janson Park by The Anchor on the Headland at 5.30am.
RSL Memorial on Turkey Beach Esplanade at 5.30am.
Muster for a 9am march from the Rural Fire Service to the RSL Memorial.