STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR ANZAC DAY IN GALLIPOLI & FRANCE
Ahead of Anzac Day 2012, Secretary for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Mr Ian Campbell encouraged Australians travelling to Gallipoli or France commemorations to register at www.gallipoliregistration.com or www.franceregistration.com to ensure they come prepared.
Mr Campbell said on average up to 10,000 people travel to Gallipoli, Turkey each year and more than 4,000 travel to Villers-Bretonneux, France to attend Anzac Day commemorations.
“For many Australians, following in the footsteps of relatives who have served and died on the battlefields of the Gallipoli Peninsula or the Western Front during the First World War is the trip of a lifetime but it is important they come prepared,” he said.
“Information services are available for Australians travelling to Gallipoli and France. Each service provides travellers with helpful tips on what to bring and what to expect over the 2012 commemorative period.
“At Gallipoli, visitors are exposed to the elements for up to 24-hours so hints on what to bring and what to wear are essential to ensure they are comfortable for the duration of the commemorations.
“In Villers-Bretonneux, road closures are in place 5 pm 24 April – 9 am 25 April and visitors will receive tips on traffic arrangements for the Dawn Service and later community services.”
Mr Campbell said the registration service was not mandatory nor was it a ticketing system for the commemorations – but a way for travellers to stay informed of important updates.
“I encourage Australians planning to travel to Gallipoli or Villers-Bretonneux for Anzac Day in 2012 to register their interest to ensure they make the most of their experience,” he said.
Registration is optional and people can still attend the commemorations in Gallipoli and France if they have not registered. Registration does not provide reserved seating. Updates are provided via text message and/or email.
Visitors are also encouraged to register at www.smartraveller.gov.au, read the travel advisories for the countries they are visiting and have comprehensive travel insurance.
For more information about Anzac Day commemorations in France or Gallipoli visit www.dva.gov.au/anzac
Anzac – Gallipoli Day Services are also being held throughout the UK. For details of services click here.
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