This ANZAC Day the Queensland Military Memorial Museum will be conducting its Dawn Service starting at 5.00 a.m. on the roadway outside the Legion Memorial Club, 28 Church Street, Fortitude Valley followed by a 'Gunfire Breakfast' at the Legion Club.
Everybody is welcome and attendance at the Dawn Service and the Gunfire Breakfast is FREE.
The ANZAC Day service will be comprised of the traditional ceremony of remembrance for the contribution and suffering of the many Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
The Dawn Service, with its symbolic reference to the dawn landings at Gallipoli a century ago this year, will be held at war memorials all around Australia and New Zealand. Wreath laying in remembrance of the fallen provides the opportunity to reflect on those lost to war. The Last Post, followed by Reveille will be played on the bugle and part of Laurence Binyon's poem 'Ode of Remembrance' will be recited. The Dawn Service is a moving ceremony for all Australians and New Zealanders but especially so with the old soldiers for whom it brings to memory the familiar dawn stand-to.
The guest speaker will be Grace Grace, MP, the local member.
Following the Dawn Service a free 'Gunfire Breakfast' will be served up inside the Legion Club. Gunfire is traditionally served by Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers to members of the lower ranks before a morning attack or, in more peaceful times, as a celebration before a passing out parade. In Australia and New Zealand the ANZAC Day, version of the Gunfire Breakfast sees a black coffee served after the Dawn Service as part of the 'Gunfire Breakfast' which will include some tasty sausages and eggs.
In addition to the formalities and breakfast, the Queensland Military Memorial Museum will be open for inspection after the ANZAC Day ceremonies. The Museum has over 2000 items on display and presents very interesting displays of Queensland's military heritage including uniforms from 1857, medals from the New Zealand (Maori) Wars to the present day, photographs from pre-Federation Queensland, weapons including an 1800 'Brown Bess' musket, swords and Queensland Defence Force bandsman's items, trench and convalescence art along with other memorabilia of pre-Federation Queensland Defence Force personalities.
Several historical flags are displayed including the Great War regimental flag of the 26th Australian Infantry Battalion (made by the girls of All Hallows' School) and the regimental flag of the 2/26th Battalion of the Eight Division carried after the fall of Singapore and hidden from the Japanese as it moved with the prisoners-of-war at Changi and then as they were forced to build the Burma-Thai Railway.
Parking is available in the area if you drive down Wickham Street, turn left at the Fortitude Valley Police Station into Brookes Street and then left again into the Brand and Slater Architects' property just past the police station.
Come and join in the moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service followed by a revitalising Gunfire Breakfast and a stimulating inspection of the museum's displays. For more information check out the Museum's web page here , its Facebook page here or phone on 3852 3565.