ANZAC DAY 2011

ANZAC Day and Easter Celebrations coincided this year resulting in a series of ANZAC Commemorations being held on alternative dates as well as the traditional 25th April.

In Fromelles, France the inaugural Dawn Service was held on 21st April 2011.

The following photo report of the service was provided by FFFAIF member and Secretary of Secretary Fromelles & Weppes Terre de Mémoire 14-18 (Fromelles Museum) Carole Laignel.

The ceremony commenced at 5:30am at the Australian Memorial Park in front of the Cobber Statue with Martial Delebarre, President Fromelles & Weppes Terre de Mémoire 14-18 acting as the MC. Wreaths were laid by Mayor of Fromelles Monsieur Hubert Huchette; Colonel Mark Green, Military Attaché to the Australian Embassy in Paris and representatives of the Australian Army.

Photo: Standard bearers from the l’Union des Anciens Combattants

The standard bearers then lead a procession of about 50 people along the road to VC Corner Cemetery where a short service was held. Amongst those in attendance were descendants of Pte Leslie Gordon Walsh, 31st Battalion, recently identified as being one of the Australian soldiers who had been buried at Pheasant Wood following the Battle of Fromelles.

Photo: Descendants of Private L G Walsh
 at VC Corner Cemetery Memorial Wall

At 6:00am in the dawn light, the final Commemoration of the day was held at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

Photo: Dawn at the Cross of Sacrifice Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery

On the 25th April ANZAC Day services were held in major cities around Australia as well as in country towns across the Nation.

Photo: ANZAC Day Service held at
Albury, on the New South Wales – Victorian border [Gary Clift]

The traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service was held at Gallipoli, Turkey.
Special services were also held at Villers Bretonneux and Bullecourt in France. See our report from FFFAIF French member Yves Fohlen by clicking here.

Photo: Anzac Day at Bullecourt, France
[Carole Laignel]

FFFAIF Western Front representative, Anny DeDecker attended the service at Menin Gate, Ieper and Belgium member Johan Durnez also attended the Dawn Service at Polygon Wood, Belgium. To find out more on these services click here.

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If you have a photo or story of an ANZAC Day commemoration you would like to share, please email to enquiries@fffaif.org.au. The FFFAIF would like to hear from you.

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