Traditionally, ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of Australia’s first major military action, the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps, and April 25 remains our nation’s most significant military day of remembrance. In more recent times however, ANZAC Day has come to symbolise the noble sacrifice of Australians who’ve served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Each year Dawn Services are held in capital cities and regional communities around the country at 6am on ANZAC Day. This powerful ceremony commemorates the time that our troops landed at Gallipoli.
The Dawn Service is followed by an ANZAC Day March which is led by veterans and serving personnel. Both the Dawn Service and March vary in size and length based on location. In Melbourne for instance, over 40,000 people are expected at the Shrine of Remembrance this Dawn service and these numbers swell three-fold for those participating in, and watching the ANZAC Day March. For more information on ANZAC Day activities at the Shrine of Remembrance, visithttp://www.shrine.org.au/Remembrance/Ceremonies/ANZAC-Day
ANZAC Day provides all Australians with the opportunity to honour the courage, resilience and spirit of the men and women who have served, and who continue to serve, our country in conflicts around the world.
THE ANZAC APPEAL
Each year the ANZAC Appeal raises much-needed funds to assist former and serving members of the Australian Defence Forces and their dependents when in need.
The sale of ANZAC Badges by volunteers throughout the state is the ANZAC Appeal’s major fundraising initiative. These badges come in various denominations from $1 to $50 and this year, an exclusive Kokoda 70th Anniversary commemorative badge has been included in the range. Speciality items such as bag tags, tattoos and stickers are also sold and vary from year to year with this year seeing the introduction of a bag tag for the first time.
All money raised during the ANZAC Appeal goes directly towards supporting those who find themselves in necessitous circumstances. We provide a wide of services including assistance with the payment of medical expenses, the provision of food vouchers and mobility aids, home maintenance and utility expenses and funeral costs.