25 March 2015

2015 Anzac Day services

On 25 April 1915 thousands of brave young men went ashore on a foreign beach in a far and distant land. Soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) faced a formidable task – to seize the Gallipoli Peninsula and suppress the Ottoman defences guarding the Dardanelles. The Anzacs went ashore under the cover of darkness, but as morning dawned they faced an entrenched enemy and rugged, unforgiving terrain.

Heavy casualties were suffered on both sides and a stalemate developed. The campaign dragged on for eight months and soldiers endured extraordinary hardships. News of the campaign had a profound impact back home. Reports of the Anzacs’ courage under fire, commitment to the task, loyalty and mateship forged a powerful and lasting legacy. By the end of the First World War in 1918, a young nation’s identity was emerging, reflecting the sacrifice of the Anzacs at Gallipoli, on the Western Front and in the Middle East.

This milestone year – the centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli – is significant beyond measure in our nation’s history. I’d encourage you to attend a local service on Anzac Day to remember and commemorate more than a century of service and sacrifice by those Australian men and women who have served – and continue to serve – in defence of our values and freedoms.

Anglesea
9.15am March, service & wreath laying
March from cnr of Noble St & Great Ocean Rd, service at Anglesea RSL

Apollo Bay
6.00am Dawn Service, cnr of Great Ocean Rd & Nelson St
10.45am March, commencing at cnr of Great Ocean Rd & Moore St
11.00am Service & wreath laying, cnr of Great Ocean Rd & Nelson St

Bannockburn
6.00am Dawn Service, Bannockburn Monument
11.30am Pre-match service, Bannockburn Golf Club

Barwon Heads
8.45am March, service & wreath laying. March commences cnr Hitchcock Av & Bridge Rd

Beeac
6.00am Dawn Service, Beeac Cenotaph

Birregurra (Note: Friday 24th April)
1.00pm Service, school children assemble in front of Birregurra Hall

Colac
6.00am Dawn Service, Memorial Square, Colac
10.00am March, cnr of Gellibrand & Murray St to St Mary’s
11.00am Service & wreath laying, Memorial Square

Geelong
4.15am Pre-Dawn Service, Johnstone Park
9.00am Anzac Day Mass, St Mary’s Basilica
9.30am Wreath laying, Geelong RSL, 50 Barwon Heads Rd, Belmont
11.00am March, leave cnr of Malop & Yarra St
11.30am Service, Johnstone Park
2.00pm Pre-Game Dedication Service, Geelong Past Players Memorial Garden, Kardinia Park

Boer War Memorial, Geelong
6.30am Dawn Service, Boer War Memorial, Corner of Kilgour Street and Latrobe Terrace

Inverleigh
9.15am March, RSL to monument for wreath laying & service. Retire to Inverleigh
Public Hall for Anzac address & morning tea
12.15pm Pre-Game Service, Inverleigh Football Ground

Lorne
7.00am Dawn Service, Anzac Memorial Park
11.00am March, Lorne Senior Citizens Hall to Anzac Park for service & wreath laying

Meredith
9.45am Service, Meredith Memorial Hall

Ocean Grove
6.00am Dawn Service, Ocean Grove Cenotaph
9.45am March, The Terrace to Ocean Grove Park

Queenscliff
5.45am Dawn Service, Ocean View car park, Hesse St
10.15am March, assemble at Queenscliff Post Office
10.45am Form up & march to Fort Queenscliff
11.00am Service, on the green inside Fort Queenscliff

Point Lonsdale
8.30am March, assemble at Point Lonsdale shops
8.40am Form up & march to cnr Kirk & Glaneuse Rd
9.00am Commemorative Service at Cenotaph

Rokewood
6.00am Dawn Service, Corindhap
10.45am March, RSL Hall for wreath laying ceremony, Main St, Rokewood

Shelford
7.45am Service & wreath laying, monument, Main Rd

Teesdale
7.00am Service & wreath laying, Teesdale Monument

Torquay
5.45am March, cnr The Esplanade & Price St to Point Danger
6.00am Dawn Service, Point Danger

Winchelsea
11.00am Service & wreath laying, Eastern Reserve

Wye River
10am Service, Wye River cenotaph