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Anzac Day Services 2018

Cairns Regional Council
Event organized by Cairns Regional Council

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ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance for those who served in the Australian Defence Forces from the Boer War to Afghanistan, including all those who are currently deployed on active service. We remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice so that we, and the people of our nation, can live in a safe and peaceful country. We remember those who continue to suffer as a result of the hidden scars long after their duty is completed and the families of whose grief and sense of loss can never be eased.

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. A victory that British officer, Brigadier General Grogan called ‘perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war’. As part of the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front German forces using infantry and tanks captured Villers-Bretonneux (near Amiens) from exhausted British defenders on 24 April 1918. The Australian 13th and 15th Brigades were brought forward and in a model of a well planned and coordinated night attack they successfully recaptured the town.

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is a non-ticketed event open to all members of the public.

Registration is required if you wish to place a wreath or if you are a member of a group wishing to participate in the march. To register please contact Cameron at the Cairns RSL Sub Branch on (07) 4051 5254 or admin@cairnsrslsubbranch.com.au

Cairns RSL Sub Branch is offering transport for veterans to attend the Ecumenical Service and join the parade. Below is the pick up/drop off times and locations:

7:45am - Pick up outside the RSL Club car park on Florence Street for transport to St Monica's Cathedral

9:00am - Pick up outside the front of St Monica's Cathedral at 181 Abbott St, Cairns City for transport to Fogarty Park for the parade

10:30am - Pick up on Grafton Street outside the entrance to Munro Martin Park for transport to the Cairns RSL Club


Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Time: 4:30am - 5:00am
Venue: RSL Club, 115 Esplanade Cairns
*Please note this is for VETERANS ONLY

Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Time: 5.30am - 6:15am
Venue: Cairns Cenotaph, Esplanade Cairns

Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Time: 7:00am - 8:00am
Venue: RSL Car Park, 115 Esplanade Cairns
*Please note this is for VETERANS ONLY

Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Time: 8:15am - 9:00am
Venue: St Monica's Cathedral, 181 Abbott St, Cairns City

Event: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Venue: Form up at Fogarty Park. End point Munro Martin Park.
Time: 9:30am Form up
10:00am Step off
10:20am Start to arrive at Munro Martin Park

Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Time: approx 10:35am
Venue: Munro Martin Parklands