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Published March 31st 2013
Find an ANZAC Day Service near you
ANZAC Day Service is an annual event that marks a day of remembrance and gratitude. The many ANZAC Days in the past have seen us defying our laziness and waking up earlier than usual to attend a dawn or morning service in memory of those who have fallen in defence of our country and our principles of justice, freedom and peace.
If you plan to attend an ANZAC Day service, you can have a look through the list below to find one closer to you.
The Returned and Services League (RSL) invites you to attend the Dawn Service which starts at 6 am at the State War Memorial in Kings Park. The sequence of events on the day is as follows: 4.20am: Archival footage is played on large screens from 6am: Dawn service 7-9am: The Gunfire Breakfast at Stirling Gardens for Veterans, their families and the community. 9.30-11am: The annual ANZAC Day march will pass through the city of Perth albeit with a different route due to the building of Elizabeth Quay. It will start at the corner of St Georges Terrace and William Street at 9.30am, proceed east along St Georges Terrace, south along Barrack Street, east along Riverside Drive and enter into Supreme Court Gardens where a commemorative service will be held until 11am. Road Closures: On the day, Fraser Avenue and Wadjuk Way will be closed from midnight until 9am. Vehicle access to Kings Park is available via Saw Avenue or Poole Avenue. Roads as mentioned in the parade route will also be closed.
Terrace behind State War Memorial, overlooking the Swan River
Fremantle Dawn Service
Where: Monument Hill War Memorial, Bateman St; and Town Hall, 8 William Street, Fremantle. Website:www.fremantle.wa.gov.au
The City of Fremantle in conjunction with the Fremantle Memorial Wardens will be coordinating the Fremantle dawn service which will begin at 5.30am at Monument Hill Reserve. It is to be followed by a few activities including: A free morning tea will be served just outside Fremantle Town Hall between 8am and 12 noon from the Cafe2U mobile van.
The ANZAC Day commemorative display in the Fremantle Town Hall showcasing items from unique public and private collections between 8am and 3pm.
- Sing Australia Choir will be performing a repertoire of wartime songs at 9am in the Town Hall.
- A parade through Fremantle starting at 10.15am from the Esplanade Reserve. There will be a short closing ceremony when the parade returns to the Esplanade. Road Closures: See this page for a map of road closures around Fremantle on the day.
Town of Claremont Service
Where: Claremont War Memorial, corner Bayview Tce & Stirling Highway, Claremont Website:www.claremont.wa.gov.au
The Town of Claremont in conjunction with the Claremont RSL will conduct its annual ANZAC Day Ceremony at 7.30am at the Claremont War Memorial. Following the ceremony, a free breakfast and some entertainment by the Claremont Concert Band will be provided at the Claremont Bowling Club. Road Closures: To cater for this event, road closures will be in place on Stirling Hwy (between Leura Ave and Stirling Road), and Bay View Terrace (between St Quentin Ave and Park Lane) from 6.45am to 8.30am.
City of Subiaco Services
Where: Fallen Soldiers Memorial (corner of Rokeby and Hamersley roads, Subiaco) and Shenton Park Community Centre (corner of Onslow and Herbert roads, Shenton Park) Website:www.subiaco.wa.gov.au
Community members are invited to attend ANZAC services conducted by Shenton Park sub-branch and Subiaco sub-branch RSLs. The details of the ANZAC services are as follows:
- Shenton Park service: Marchers assemble at the King Street intersection on Onslow Road at 6.45am. The service is at the Shenton Park Community Centre commencing at 7am and is followed by a morning tea.
- Subiaco service: Marchers fall in at the Subiaco Post Office on Rokeby Road at 8am. The service takes place at the Fallen Soldiers Memorial at 8.30am and is followed by a morning tea at the Subiaco Community Centre.
City of Vincent Service
Where: Axford Park, corner Scarborough Beach Road and Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn Website:www.vincent.wa.gov.au
To commemorate ANZAC Day, the City of Vincent in partnership with the Mount Hawthorn Returned and Services League, is holding a service at Axford Park which will commence at 11am. The City invites the community to attend and lay flowers or wreaths on the City's ANZAC memorial. Some light refreshments will be served after the service.
City of South Perth Service
Where: Memorial Gardens, corner South Tce and Sandgate St, South Perth Website:www.southperth.wa.gov.au
The City of South Perth Sub–Branch of the Returned and Services League, supported by the City of South Perth will
be holding an ANZAC Day Service in the City's Memorial Gardens in South Perth which will commence at 7.15am. The community is invited to join the Service by laying a floral tribute to honour a fallen relative and pay their respects.
A reflective ceremony to honour all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation will be held by City of Canning in cooperation with the Canning Districts/Victoria Park RSL Club. The ceremony starts with a parade from the Canning Town Hall at 8 am and proceeds down Albany Highway where many City of Canning community groups will gather for the official ceremony. The event is expected to finish at 11am.
Nedlands War Memorial
City of Nedlands Service
Where: Nedlands War Memorial, Cnr Waratah Ave and Birdwood Parade, Dalkeith Website:www.nedlands.wa.gov.au
The City of Nedlands in partnership with RSL invite the public to join them in remembering our fallen heroes on ANZAC Day, 9-10am, at Nedlands War Memorial.
Town of Bassendean Parade & Service
Where: Bassendean War Memorial, 46 Old Perth Road, Bassendean Website:www.bassendean.wa.gov.au
Town of Bassendean invite members of the public to attend ANZAC Day Parade and Service on ANZAC day at 11am. Road closures would be in effect on the day in the area surrounding the War Memorial. It is interesting to note that the Town of Bassendean are planning to relocate the War Memorial to BIC Reserve, within a setting of a civic garden; citing as a reason current "site limitations and growing number of people participating in the services," particularly as the ANZAC centenary is coming up in a couple of years in 2015. We wish the town all the best in realising this plan.
Lastly, there is something a bit different for those wishing to learn more about ANZAC history. One week before ANZAC Day, on Thursday 18 April 2013 at 6.30-7.30pm Thornlie Library is organising a presentation by Western Australian author Neville Browning. Browning is the author of several books on WA military history and at this event, he will talk about WA regiments and enlistees during World War I. There will be light refreshments provided and bookings are essential at 9251 8750.