2023 Calendar of events
Saturday 22 April WFA Seminar, with FFFAIF John Laffin Memorial Lecture
Tuesday 25 April Anzac Day
FFFAIF has traditionally supported AWWOD organising descendants’ participation in the Sydney Anzac Day March.
In 2023 FFFAIF will encourage “Dawn drive-way vigils”.
The RSL is promoting ‘Light up the Dawn’ gatherings on driveways and balconies and ABC Radio coverage of the Canberra Dawn Service and National Ceremony will be heard on local ABC Radio, RN and on the ABC Listen app from 5.30am – 6.00am. This will incorporate a minute’s silence at approximately 5.50am to synchronise the dawn drive-way vigils.
TV broadcasts of Sydney Dawn Service, Canberra Dawn Service and National Ceremony and Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance Service will all be live from 4.30am AEST on ABC TV and ABC NEWS channels, on iview, and streamed live on ABC Australia Facebook and YouTube.
State TV broadcasts of capital city marches and dawn services will also be streamed live on ABC capital city Facebook accounts and on the ABC’s capital city local radio websites.
Every capital city will have live coverage of a local march, however coverage of capital city dawn services will vary in each state. Broadcasts times can be found on the ABC Anzac Day website.
Gallipoli Day /ANZAC Day services will be held in the UK, including:
a Dawn Service at Hyde Park Corner and later the annual Service of Commemoration with a wreath laying at the Cenotaph followed by a Service held at Westminster Abbey;
Baverstock, Codford, Fovant and Sutton Veny on the Salisbury Plain; and
at about 15 other locations in England and Scotland;
Also at the Menin Gate, Ieper; and
Wednesday 19 July Fromelles Day Commemoration in Sydney at the Anzac Memorial and
Melbourne Wreath-laying at the Shrine of Remembrance and Ipswich in Queensland
Sunday 23 July Pozieres Service St Columba Woollahra TBC
Tuesday 26 September Commemoration of the Battles of 3rd Ypres
Thursday 19 October War Widows Day
Saturday 21st October FFFAIF AGM and WFA Lecture Day
Venue: Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney and AGM On-line Zoom Meeting
Saturday 11 November Remembrance Day
- Fromelles Day Sydney 19 July 2023: Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial
- DIGGER 83
- DIGGER 82
- DIGGER 81
- DIGGER 80
- Commemorating the 105th anniversary of the Battles of 3rd Ypres in 2022
- Fromelles Day Sydney 19 July 2022: Commemorative Procession from the Archibald Fountain to the Anzac Memorial and Commemorative Service
- DIGGER 79
Category Archives: Memorials
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Members of the FFFAIF were present at the Australian War Memorial on Tuesday 14 February for the dedication of commemorative plaques for the 2nd, 13th, 34th and 54th Australian Infantry Battalions. FFFAIF member and author of Our Gift to the … Continue reading
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75 years to the day after its official dedication by the Duke of Gloucester on 24 November 1934, the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney was re-opened after an 18 month restoration and refurbishment program. Photo: Opening Anzac Memorial, Hyde … Continue reading