REMEMBERING THE FALLEN
RSL sub branch president unveils plans for Anzac day in Charleville
THIS year’s Anzac Day marks the 103rd anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.
It is also the 102nd anniversary that commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, and Anzac Day also commemorates Australia’s involvement in all theatres of war and conflicts.
This year is also the 100th anniversary of the Australian Lighthorse successful charge on Beersheba.
The Charleville RSL Sub-branch will be conducting the Dawn Service at 5.15am at the Cenotaph in the Town Hall Park, and this will be followed by the Gunfire Breakfast at the RSL Club.
The morning march will start at 9.40am, but all those marching will have to assemble at 9.20am in Alfred St, near the Historic House.
The morning service at the Cenotaph will begin at 10am, followed by dinner at the Club at 12.30 pm. At about 2pm, two-up will be played, and members of the community are also welcome to play.
On Monday at 9.30am, the sub-branch will be placing flags and poppies on the graves of over 180 deceased veterans at the local cemetery.
To ensure that we don’t miss any graves, families members of the veterans and anybody else who would like to assist, are welcome.
Anzac Day, April 25, is probably Australia’s most important national occasion.
It marks the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
“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.
Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives of capturing Constantinople and knocking Turkey out of the war, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign bequeathed an intangible but powerful legacy.
The creation of what became known as the “Anzac Legend” became an important part of both nations.
This shaped the ways they viewed both their past and future.
“The Anzac Legend is not of sweeping military victories so much as triumphs against the odds, of courage and ingenuity and adversity,” Mr Donohue said.
“It is a legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs than from the bonds of mateship and the demands of necessity.”