Anzac Day, Tuesday, April 25, marks the 102nd 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 across the Gladstone Region are outlined below:
Agnes Water/ Seventeen Seventy
Meet at Rock Latino Cafe, Shop 10, Endeavour Plaza, Agnes Water, at 5.30am for coffee. Dawn service will commence at 6am at the Agnes Water Cenotaph, 2 Captain Cook Drive, followed by a gunfire breakfast at the Agnes Water Tavern, 1 Tavern Road, at 7am.
Community Memorial Service
The march starts at 9.45am at the Agnes Water Tavern, 1 Tavern Road. The service will commence at 10.30am at the Agnes Water Cenotaph, 2 Captain Cook Drive, followed by morning tea and activities at the tavern.
The service will commence at 6am at the Cenotaph at Bororen Memorial Park, Bruce Highway.
The service will commence at 5.30am at the Cenotaph, Stirling Park, Boyne Island. This will be followed by a BBQ breakfast at Lions Park, adjacent to Stirling Park, for a gold coin donation.
March to commence at 8.30am from the Boyne Plaza Carpark, Centenary Drive, to Stirling Park. The service will start at 9am and be led by the Tannum Sands State High School Band. Activities and refreshments will follow at 11am at the Boyne Tannum Bowls Club's clubhouse, Jacaranda Drive, for ex-service personnel and invited guests. A courtesy bus will operate both ways between the Boyne Plaza and Stirling Park for the elderly and those with a disability.
March to commence at 10.45am from the Bunting Park to the local Cenotaph, RSL Hall, Stirrat Street, followed by a service at 11am. Invited guests are welcome to attend a luncheon at the Diggers Arms Hotel, Calliope.
March to commence at 5.30am from the Valley Shopping Centre, facing Herbert Street. Service to follow at ANZAC Park.
Main Parade and Civic Ceremony
March to commence at 10.30am from the Gladstone Regional Council Civic Centre, 101 Goondoon Street, followed by a service at 11am. Invited guests are welcome to attend a luncheon at 12.30pm at the Gladstone RSL, Bowls and Citizen Club, 6A Ferris Street.
March to commence 4.30am at the Miriam Vale Hotel, 9 Blomfield Street, followed by a public breakfast and entertainment (small fee).
Service to commence at 5.30am at the Showgrounds Memorial Garden Cenotaph at the Mount Larcom and District Armed Services Centre, The Narrows Road. This will be followed by a breakfast.
Assemble outside RSL Hall at 10.30am for an 11am ceremony at the Showgrounds Memorial Garden Cenotaph at the Mount Larcom and District Armed Services Centre, The Narrows Road. There will be free ice cream for school aged children, BBQ lunch and bar, raffles and music on conclusion.
Assemble at Cenotaph for 5.45am service which will conclude at 6.30am. Fly-over at 6.31am. A Gunfire Breakfast will then be held at the Memorial Hall, 77 James Street. (open to the public).
Service to be conducted at Janson Park by The Anchor on the Headland at 5.30am.
March to commence at 1.45pm under the memorial trees at Ubobo State School. Service to follow at 2pm at the Ubobo Memorial Hall, Railway Terrace. Afternoon tea will be supplied by the Ubobo Progress Association.