On 25 April 2015, Australians and New Zealanders mark the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.
In fact, between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War through the ANZAC Centenary Program.
The Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians became involved. It aims to give all Australians the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, including the more than 102,000 who have made the supreme sacrifice.
It also aims to encourage all Australians to reflect upon and learn more about Australia’s military history, its costs and its impacts on our nation.
The ANZAC Centenary Program began with The First Shot Commemoration at the Portsea Quarantine on 5 August 2014.
The first shot by the British Empire in WWI was fired from a Coastal Artillery Gun at Fort Nepean, Portsea on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared in London.
The shot was fired in order to prevent the German merchant vessel SS Pfalz from escaping Port Phillip to the open seas. The shot was successful – the Pfalz surrendered.
RPP FM local radio were involved in an Outside Broadcast on the day in which RPP FM presenters provided a live commentary of the ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ surrounding the event.
A special ANZAC Centenary logo was created as a symbol that recognises, identifies and commemorates the one hundred years since the First World War which encapsulate the unique qualities that forged the spirit of ANZAC and gave birth to our national identity: courage, mateship, sacrifice, generosity, freedom, and a fair go for all.
There are a number of ANZAC services on and around the Mornington Peninsula:
Anzac Day March – MORNINGTON
9.15am – Corner of Main Street & Queen Street
10.00am – Memorial Park, Barkly Street
Commemoration Service – MT ELIZA
2.00pm – Memorial Garden
For further details visit: http://www.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Events/ANZAC_Day
If you are heading to the city, the ANZAC Dawn service will commence at 6am at the Shrine of Remembrance followed by the ANZAC Day parade down Swanston Street to St. Kilda Road commencing 8.35am.
We give tribute and thanks to those who have fallen in honour of protecting Australian shores and it’s people. The glorious life we lead is because of those who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom.
LEST WE FORGET