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Lest we forget
ANZAC Day was originally a commemoration of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli in 1915, but was expanded to honour the contributions of those who have served in any of the theatres of war or peace keeping in which Australia and New Zealand have been involved over the years.
ANZAC Day Dawn Services are perhaps the most solemn and moving of any of the ANZAC Day events. There's something about the darkness and the flickering flames that really bring home to observers the greatness of the sacrifices made by so many. 'Why dawn?' you might ask. It has distinct military origins in the practice of "stand-to" when soldiers are woken before dawn to man their weapons to be ready for possible attack by the enemy.
ANZAC Square Shrine of Remembrance. Image by Kate Nielsen Photos from Wikipedia
You can honour the sacrifices and contributions of those who have gone before and those who continue to serve at a number of Dawn Services around Brisbane.
Brisbane Dawn Service
The main ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held, as always at The Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane's City's ANZAC Square between Ann and Adelaide Streets. It commences at dawn (approximately 4.30am), marking the time of the original Gallipoli landings.
Other Brisbane Dawn Services
This will commence at 5.30 am and will be followed at 6.30am by a Gunfire Breakfast outside Kedron-Wavell Services Club and a march at 7.45am and service from 8.30am. Details online here.
Redland City Commemorations commence with a march to the Cenotaph at 5.15am followed by the Dawn Service at 5.30am. The march will commence at 10.30 am with a service at 11am. Details online here.