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Every year, on April 25th, people across the nation commemorate ANZAC Day. This year ANZAC Day is even more memorable as we remember 100 years since the Gallipoli Landing (every year is special, poignant and sad to our Returned Soldiers and for the families who lost loved ones during the Wars). ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is also the day we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Some people commemorate ANZAC Day by heading to Gallipoli, to pay their respects. It has now become so popular - going to the dawn service at Gallipoli - that you need to go into a ballot to get a spot at Gallipoli. In Australia the spirit of ANZAC, the mateship, the courage and sacrifice of our ANZACs, continues to have meaning and is relevant to our sense of national identity.
If you can't get to Gallipoli, there are other ways to commemorate the ANZACs. Take time on Anzac Day to pause, to honour the soldiers who fought for our freedom, to remember their sacrifices, and to pay our respect. There are dawn services held all over Australia, where men and women, children, families; come together to honour the lives lost overseas in the many conflicts our Australian service men and service women have fought.
In this article, I'll highlight some of the dawn services being held in and around Geelong. I hope you can make it to one of the dawn services this year, as we commemorate 100 hundred years since the landing at Gallipoli.
25th April 2015, at dawn. This service will be held at Point Danger, Torquay. There will be a very emotional dawn service, with 10,000 people or more expected to attend.
Torquay RSL Members are meeting at the Torquay RSL Hall at 4.30am to board the bus to go to Torquay. Please be on time. The Geelong West Brass Band will lead the singing. Torquay RSL members are invited back to the Torquay RSL for a light breakfast and to sing a few songs.
Barwon Heads - Anzac Day Centenary Commemorative Service
At Barwon Heads, the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service, marches and remembrance parade occurs on Saturday 25th April.
100 years ago, our brave ANZAC sons landed at Gallipoli. In 2015 on ANZAC Day we remember the sacrifice of those who fought in the First World War, and all wars. Ex servicemen and women will march at the parades or will attend commemorative ceremonies being held at war memorials or RSL Branches within Geelong or the Bellarine Peninsula.
There will be a march held in Barwon Heads from 9.00am to 9.30am. March participants will assemble at the corner of Hitchcock Avenue and Bridge Road. The march will proceed along Hitchcock Avenue to the Barwon Heads Community Hall. A wreath laying ceremony will follow after the march.
For further information contact Bradley Clarke, Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub Branch - 0407 972 177
Ocean Grove ANZAC Day Centenary Commemorative Service
The Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Sub Branch are inviting the community to attend a pre-dawn commemorative service at the Ocean Grove Park at 6.15am. This service will run for about 15 minutes.
At precisely 10.00am on ANZAC Day the march will leave from The Terrace, Ocean Grove and proceed west to Presidents Avenue, then turn right into President's Avenue, right into The Avenue to conclude at the Cenotaph which is located in the Ocean Grove Park. The march takes approximately 15 minutes, ending at Ocean Grove Park at 10.15am.
A service will be held at the Cenotaph at the end of the march to honour those who have fought or who are fighting in wars around the world.
For further information contach Bradley Clarke, Ocean Grove RSL Branch, 0407 972 177
ANZAC Day Service Geelong
Geelong Peace Memorial
The Geelong service starts off with a wreath laying ceremony at the Geelong Peace Memorial, Johnstone Park, Geelong at 4.15am.
There are wreath laying services and other commemorative services happening all over Geelong, usually organised by the local RSL Branch.
At the Boer War Memorial, on the corner of Kilgour St and Latrobe Terrace (opposite Kardinia Park main entrance) The Alpha Company 8/7 RVR's Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held at 6.30am.
St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong will be holding an annual commemorative Mass at 9.00am.
At 9.30am, there is a wreath laying service at Geelong RSL War Memorial, in Barwon Heads Road, Belmont.
Geelong RSL Sub Branch are holding a march and commemorative service from 11.00am. The march starts at the corner of Malop Street and Yarra Street (Geelong) and proceeds along Malop Street to Johnstone Park.
Drysdale RSL will be holding a march on Saturday 25th April 2015. The march starts at Drysdale Cenotaph at 10.45am. Following the march refreshments will be provided at the Drysdale Primary Activity Hall.
For further information contact the Drysdale RSL via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Anglesea RSL has organised to meet at the corner of Noble Street and Great Ocean Road at 9.00am, with the march to step off at 9.30am. After the March there will be a service at the RSL Hall, 1 Murray Street, Anglesea. The service is to honour all those who served and died during the world wide conflicts. This will be a great community event. Everyone is welcome to morning tea at the end of the service.
The Norlane RSL March and Wreath Laying Ceremony starts with a march from the corner of Melbourne Road and Sparks Road, (in the service lane) Norlane. The march heads to the Norlane RSL at Rose Avenue, where the wreath laying ceremony occurs.
29-31 Rose Ave, Norlane 3214 Phone (03) 5274 1075 for further information.
For any other RSL Clubs and services in Geelong click here. Geelong has other RSL clubs holding services on ANZAC Day, however I wanted to keep this list to a minimum.
Dawn Services - but what is dawn? 'Dawn is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise. Dawn comes from the Old English verb dagian - "to become day". Dawn is recognized by the presence of weak sunlight, while the sun is still below the horizon. Dawn is not sunrise, as sunrise is the moment when the leading edge of the sun appears above the horizon.' From wikipedia.
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