"Scene just before the evacuation at Anzac. Australian troops charging near a Turkish trench" by U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
“Scene just before the evacuation at Anzac. Australian troops charging near a Turkish trench” by U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

In the early hours of the morning on the 25th April 1915 the ANZACs approached the west coast of Gallipoli in the ships of the invasion fleet. That was 100 years ago. Australians hold our involvement in wars close to our hearts because when we first went off to war, Australia had only just begun as the nation we know today, meaning war was a prominent building block of our nation celebrated over two days; ANZAC Day, and Remembrance Day. So, between 2014 and 2018, the Australian Government, among other governments, have decided to celebrate Australia’s involvement in the First World War through a series of events over the next few years.

ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund

Individuals, and groups including cultural institutions, artists and arts organisations may apply for funding to create artistic and cultural activities, including physical and virtual exhibitions that interpret, explore and give to the ANZAC legacy. This includes the creation, presentation, publication and performance of artistic works. The ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund will be open for submissions from mid-2014 and be delivered over four years from 2014–15 to 2017–18. More information can be found on the Ministry for the Arts website.

ANZAC Centenary Travelling Exhibition

From late 2015 to late 2017 the Travelling Exhibition will be presenting First World War artefacts, recreations, and first-hand accounts in a sensory experience enhanced through digital engagement, remote, regional and urban locations across Australia. An opportunity to present the stories and experiences of the local communities will also be provided.

ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day

These annual ceremonies are held across the country to remember the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women. You can find one of these services by contacting the local Returned Services League (RSL) or ex-service organisation. For some of the most popular memorials around Australia have a look at our picks for Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The national service for both memorial days are held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

ANZAC Day is also commemorated along the Western Front in Belgium and France, and in Gallipoli, Turkey.

2016

  1. Australia
    25th April: National commemorations of ANZAC Day across the country.
  2. Bullecourt, France
    25th April: the Australian Service at Digger Memorial on ANZAC Day.
  3. Çanakkale, Turkey
    25th April: the Australian National Memorial at Lone Pine Cemetery on ANZAC Day.
  4. Gallipoli, Turkey
    25th April: the Dawn Service at the ANZAC Commemorative Site on ANZAC Day.
  5. Villers-Bretonneux, France
    25th April: the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial on ANZAC Day.
  6. Fromelles, France
    19th July: the 100th Anniversary of Battle of Fromelles at the VC Corner Cemetery & Australian Memorial Park.
  7. Pozières, France
    23rd July: the 100th Anniversary of Battle of Pozieres at the Australian 1st Division Memorial, France.
  8. Vietnam
    18th August: the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
  9. Republic of Korea (ROK)
    24th October: a commemorative mission to the ROK (South Korea) to mark United Nations Day on the 65th Anniversary of the Battles of Kapyong and Maryang San.
  10. Australia
    11th November: Remembrance Day commemorations across the country.

2017

  1. Australia
    25th April: National commemorations of ANZAC Day across the country.
  2. Bullecourt, France
    25th April: the Australian Service at Digger Memorial on ANZAC Day.
  3. Çanakkale, Turkey
    25th April: the Australian National Memorial at Lone Pine Cemetery on ANZAC Day.
  4. Gallipoli, Turkey
    25th April: the Dawn Service at the ANZAC Commemorative Site on ANZAC Day.
  5. Villers-Bretonneux, France
    25th April: the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial on ANZAC Day.
  6. Zonnebeke, Belgium
    26th September: the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood (3rd Battle of Ypres) at the Buttes New British Cemetery.
  7. Be’er Sheva, Israel
    31st October: the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba at the Beersheba War Cemetery & Park of the Australian Soldier.
  8. Australia
    11th November: Remembrance Day commemorations across the country.

2018

  1. Australia
    25th April: National commemorations of ANZAC Day across the country.
  2. Bullecourt, France
    25th April: the Australian Service at Digger Memorial on ANZAC Day.
  3. Çanakkale, Turkey
    25th April: the Australian National Memorial at Lone Pine Cemetery on ANZAC Day.
  4. Gallipoli, Turkey
    25th April: the Dawn Service at the ANZAC Commemorative Site on ANZAC Day.
  5. Villers-Bretonneux, France
    25th April: the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial on ANZAC Day.
  6. Le Hamel, France
    4th July: the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Le Hamel at the Australian Corps Memorial.
  7. Australia
    11th November: Remembrance Day commemorations across the country.

To find out more about ANZAC Day Events held around the world head to the ANZAC Centenary website.

For the fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)

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