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ANZAC Day Events Brisbane City and Suburbs 2014
Millions of words have been written and spoken about ANZAC Day, its ever-increasing importance in the national psyche, and recent record attendances at ANZAC Day events, both in Australia and abroad.
You can find out everything you need to know about ANZAC Day in Carly's article here, and below are some suggestions for a number of Brisbane events that will allow you to pay your respects at formal events or raise a glass and some coins in more light-hearted commemorations on Friday 25th April.
Free ANZAC Eve Concert
This very popular Brisbane tradition will this year see conductor Tecwyn Evans, sopranos Lisa Gasteen and Dominique Fegan, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Brisbane Police Pipes and Drums, Australian Navy Band Brisbane, Queensland Choir and Brisbane Concert Choir St Andrew's join forces to honour the fallen and pay tribute to current and ex-serving men and women.
This year the concert will be held at The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Parklands. You will also be able to watch the concert streamed live on a big screen at the Rainforest Green grassed area in South Bank Parklands, adjacent to The Courier-Mail Piazza.
The performance begins at 6.30pm on Thursday 24 April. This is a free event and no bookings are necessary.
Brisbane City Events
Brisbane Dawn Service
Brisbane Shrine of Remembrance. Image by figaro from Wikimedia Commons
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. The Dawn Service will start at 04.28am sharp, marking the time of the original Gallipoli landings.
It is a mark of the service's popularity that ANZAC Square can no longer hold the crowds who flock there. With this in mind this year you'll also be able to see the service live on a big screen in King George Square, between Adelaide and Ann Streets Brisbane. Here at the Sword of Sacrifice Memorial there will also be a Defence Catafalque Party and flag party.
Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade
The annual ANZAC Day Parade is a significant commemorative event and provides a colourful opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects to those who have served and continue to serve in the defence of Australia or its interests. The community can honour veterans themselves or their descendants who march for those who have passed away or can no longer march themselves.
The 2014 Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade commences at 10am on Friday 25th April at the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets, finishing at approximately 1pm. Units follow a route up George Street, right into Adelaide Street and then right again into Creek Street. The Army will turn left into Creek Street and proceed to the railway station in Ann Street.
Commemorations in the Suburbs
Dawn services are held at many local RSL sub-branches throughout Brisbane and surrounds. They also hold their own local marches, services and commemorative events, some featuring guest speakers and offering post service breakfasts or hospitality.
A link to details of RSL sub-branches can be found here.
Dawn Service at Lutwyche Cemetery
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.
Commemorations in the Western Suburbs
These will be held at Sherwood, Graceville, Indooroopilly, Oxley and Corinda. Details for all these services can be found here. After these events the Sherwood Services Club will open from 1pm, with free entertainment.
Proceedings begin at 5.30 am with the Dawn Service held in our Southern Carpark (adjacent to Memorial Gardens). This is followed by a gunfire breakfast, then the march at 10am and the main service at 10.30am. Details here.
Commemorations at Redlands RSL commence with a dawn march to the Cenotaph at 5.15am followed by the Dawn Service at 5.30am. The main march will commence at 10.30 am with a service at 11am. The club opens at the conclusion of the service. Details online here.
Image from Redlands RSL website
ANZAC Day Two-Up
The game of two-up was played by Australian soldiers during World War 1 and was a highly popular but illegal betting activity until the 1950's. It is legal to play two-up on Anzac Day. Most local RSL clubs have two-up games on ANZAC Day.
This year Woolloongabba's Chalk Hotel boasts the biggest Two-Up Ring in town. Two-Up commences at 1pm and entry will cost you a gold coin donation to Legacy.