*Anzac Day overseas

Overseas Anzac Day Services

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has announced details of the major commemorations for Anzac Day in France and Turkey for 2009.

Commemorations in France will commence with a Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. The site will open at 3.30 am and the service will commence at 5.30 am. Later in the morning a wreath laying service will be held at the French Monument in the Town Centre of Villers-Bretonneux. This will be followed by a Commemorative Concert featuring the Amiens Brass Orchestra with regional and Australian Choirs.


Photo: The Australian Memorial Villers-Bretonneux, 25 April 2008. [Carole Laignel]

In the afternoon Anzac Day commemorations will be focused at Bullecourt, commencing with a wreath laying service at the Commonwealth and French Monument, Village Centre, Square du Souvenir Francais. Afterwards an Anzac Day Ceremony will be held at The Australian ‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt.


Photo: ‘Digger’ Memorial Bullecourt [Munro Collection]

For more details on these services click here.

Commemorations at Gallipoli will commence with a Dawn Service at the Anzac Commemorative Site, North Beach at 5:30 am. This will be followed by the Australian Memorial Service at the Lone Pine Memorial. The Commemorations will then move to the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial Service before concluding at the New Zealand Memorial Service, Chunuk Bair.


For more details on these services click here.


The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French governments for affording Australian and British soldiers – presently buried in mass graves at Pheasant Wood – dignified individual reburials in a new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds Minister Snowdon and his British counterpart, Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP, for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.

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