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Anzac Day Dawn Service

Anzac Day Dawn Service

Thursday 25 April 6am

The Epping RSL sub-Branch will hold a dawn service at 6am at the Cenotaph in Forest Park (off Blaxland Road) Epping. Please arrive in time for a 6am commencement.

All veterans who would like to parade, please assemble at the stairs off Blaxland Road at 5.45am to then march together.

Should rain prevent this service being held at Forest Park, there will be a service held in the foyer of The Epping Club. Those wishing to lay a wreath or floral tribute should contact John Prestidge,  sub-Branch Secretary on 9868 3272 (Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am - 12pm).

Anzac Day is one of Australia's most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

During the 1920's Anzac Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the more than 60,000 Australians who had died during the war. In 1927, for the first time, every state observed some form of public holiday on Anzac Day. By the mid-1930s all the rituals we now associate with the day – dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions, two-up games – were firmly established as part of Anzac Day culture.

Later, Anzac Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in the Second World War, and in subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include those who lost their lives in all the military and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has been involved.