Anzac Day Services/Activities

What does ANZAC stand for?

The word ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

Why is this day special to Australians?

When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federated nation for only 13 years, and its government was eager to establish a reputation among the nations of the world. When Britain declared war in August 1914 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 ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.

The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war.

Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the actions of Australian and New Zealand forces during the campaign left a powerful legacy. What became known as the “Anzac legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways in which they viewed both their past and their future.

ANZAC Day Services/Marches: 

-Alexandra Headland

Time: 11:00am

Main Service – Korean Veterans War Memorial, 278 Alexandra Parade

 

-Buderim

What: Dawn Service
Time: 5:15am
Location: Buderim Village Park, 5 Church Street

What: March
Time: 8:00am

Form up & Step off

Time: 8:30am 

Location: Buderim Marketplace (Woolworths) Car Park, 67 Burnett Street

Main Service
Time: 9:00am
Location: Buderim Mountain State School Oval, 8-42 Main Street

 

 

 -Mooloolaba

Dawn Service
Time: 5:00am
Location: Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club, the Esplanade, Mooloolaba

 

-Maroochydore

What: Dawn Service
Time: 4:30am
Location: Cotton Tree Cenotaph, the Esplanade

What: March
Time: 8:00am – Form up Maroochy RSL

Time: 8:30am – Parade Commences

What: Main Service
Time: 9:00am
Location: Cotton Tree Cenotaph, the Esplanade

 

 

-Coolum/Peregian

What: Dawn Service
Time: 5:20am
Location: Assemble at Coolum-Peregian RSL car park

5:30am  – March to cenotaph

5:45am – March Commences

6:15am – Breakfast and Two-up

 

 

ANZAC Day Activities

What: Anzac Day @ Duporth Tavern

Where/When: 25th April – 11am-Late – 52 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore

Description: Come down to the Tavern for some great Chef’s Specials, a game of traditional Two-Up & live music by Jason Fichera from 1pm.

 

 

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