BALLINA'S 2013 ANZAC DAY PROGRAM
Thursday 25th April
|TIME||EVENT / LOCATION|
|0500||REVEILLE (Fire siren sounds)|
|0525||FALL IN (at RSL Memorial, Grant St)|
|0530||DAWN SERVICE (RSL Memorial, Grant Street)|
|0600||BREAKFAST AT THE BOARDWALK, BALLINA RSL CLUB - OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, MEMBERS, GUESTS & VISITORS ALL WELCOME|
|0630||BREAKFAST AT SPINNAKERS BALLINA RSL CLUB - BALLINA RSL SUB-BRANCH MEMBERS, EX-SERVICE & SERVING PERSONNEL ONLY|
|0855||BUS DEPARTS - PILGRIMAGE TO CEMETERY (East Ballina)|
|0915||SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION AT CEMETERY (Grandview Street, East Ballina)|
|1015||MARCH ASSEMBLY (at Court House, corner of Martin & River St's)|
|1030||ANZAC DAY MARCH (From Court House to the RSL Memorial)|
|1055||ANZAC DAY OF COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE (RSL Memorial Park, Grant Street)|
|1200||LUNCHEON AT BALLINA RSL CLUB (Ballina RSL Sub Branch Members, Ex-Service and serving personnel only) Auditorium, First Floor Ballina RSL|
|1400||2 UP AT THE BALLINA RSL CLUB|
|Play 2-Up at the Ballina RSL Club from 2pm|
BREAKFAST AT THE BOARDWALK
After the Dawn Service enjoy freshly brewed coffee and a scrumptious Boardwalk Breakfast at the River Cafe open from 6am. Enjoy a hot breakfast of scrambled or poached eggs, bacon, chipolatas, hash brown, tomato with a herb and cheese crust and toast plus juice and bottomless tea or coffee. Adults $12.50, Children 5 - 13yrs $7
For more scrumptuous breakfast and lunch ideas, click her to download our menu's for the
PLAY 2-UP FROM 2 - 5PM
Did you know?
- 25 April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916; in that year it was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services in Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt.
- During the 1920s, ANZAC Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the 60,000 Australians who died during the war. All the States observed a public holiday on ANZAC Day from 1927.
- By the mid-1930s the rituals we associate with the day - dawn vigils, marches, services, reunions, two-up - were part of ANZAC Day culture.
- The Dawn Service has its origins in a routine which is still observed by the Australian Army. The half-light of dawn is one of the most favoured times for an attack. Soldiers in defensive positions were therefore woken up in the dark so that by the time the first light crept across the battlefield they were alert. This is known as "Stand-to".
- The first Dawn Service was held at the Sydney Cenotaph in 1927. Dawn services were originally very simple and were often restricted to veterans. The daytime ceremony was for families and well-wishers, the Dawn Service was for old soldiers to remember and reflect.
In recent times families and young people have been encouraged to take part, and services in capital cities have seen some of the largest turnouts ever.
Australians recognise 25 April, ANZAC Day as an occasion of national commemoration.
ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli during the First World War.
At the conclusion of the Second World War, ANZAC Day became a day on which to commemorate the lives of Australians lost in that war as well. In subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include Australians killed in all Australian military operations.
The Ballina community and Australians across our great nation will come together again this ANZAC Day to reflect on the many different meanings of war.
Members of the Ballina community are invited to join us at the RSL Memorial Park for our community services.