ANZAC DAY SERVICES
ANZAC Day, April 25, an important day of commemoration.
For those who don’t hail from the southern hemisphere, and may be visiting at this time, ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces became known as Anzacs, something that continues to this day.
In August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany, and Australia was automatically placed on the side of the Commonwealth. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on April 25, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. The campaign dragged on for eight months.
At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, and more than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign.
Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and April 25 became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.
ANZAC Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in the Second World War, and the meaning of the day has been further broadened since, to include those who lost their lives in all the military and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has been involved.
If you would like to attend a service in the hinterland, we have included a list of services here.
4.15am Assemble Turner Park, Turner Street (form up southern end of park), 4.20am March to Cenotaph, 4.28am Dawn Service commences (approx. 45-50 min), followed by tea and coffee in Beerwah Community Hall.
9.15am Assemble Coochin Co-Op (Shell garage area), 9.30am March-off, proceed down Peachester Road, left wheel into Turner Street, salute opposite Post Office, and proceed to Turner Park, 10am Main Service commences (approx. 90min), followed by morning tea in Beerwah Community Hall.
6am Assemble Settlers Rotary Park – Information Centre Cenotaph, Reed Street (approx. 45min)
10.45am Assemble on corner of Coonowrin Road and Page Street and march to Glass House Mountain Community Hall (8 Coonowrin Road), 11.30am Main Service commences at Glass House Mountain Community Hall (approx. 60min)
4.15am Gather at RSL Park Cenotaph, Landsborough Memorial Park, Cribb Street, (approx. 45min)
8.45am Assemble at Landsborough Hotel (30-32 Cribb Street), 9am March via Maleny Street to Landsborough School of Arts (485 Old Landsborough Rd), 9.30am Main Service commences at Landsborough School of Arts (approx. 30min)
4.10am Gather at RSL Maleny Sub Branch Memorial Cenotaph, 4.28am Service commences, followed by a ‘gunfire breakfast’.
9am Witta Graveside Service, Witta Cemetery on Witta Road
9.45am Maleny Soldiers Memorial Hospital
10.15am Assemble at Watson’s Garage, 10.30am March-off, 11am Service commences at the RSL Maleny Cenotaph followed by lunch at RSL Maleny Memorial Hall (1 Bunya Street).
5.20am Gather at the Village Green Montville, 5.30am Service commences at Montville Memorial Gates adjacent Montville Hall.
8.45am March from Corner of Wilga Court and Flaxton Drive to Mapleton RSL Memorial Park, 9am Service commences, followed by refreshments, BBQ will be held at the Sports Ground behind Mapleton Hall.
5.15am Service commences at Quota Memorial Park, Matthew Street, (approx. 30min)
8.45am Assemble at Ann St intersection and Howard St and march to the Wall of Remembrance, Quota Memorial Park, 8.55am Parade commences from Howard St, down Ann St into Matthew St, onto Quota Memorial Park.
9am Service commences at Quota Memorial Park, (approx. 60min)
4.15am Gather at the Palmwoods Memorial Hall, 4.28am Service commences, followed by light refreshments, tea and coffee.
5.30am Services commences at Woombye Cenotaph in Memorial Park.
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