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Commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac commences locally this weekend with services at Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway and Five Dock.

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway will host a dawn service on Sunday, 19 April at 5.30am. Thousands are expected to gather at the memorial for this special centenary Dawn Service which will feature the Navy Band and Sydney Children’s Choir. There will also be a remarkable art installation of five thousand silk poppies.

Five Dock RSL will be hosting their service at the newly upgraded War Memorial at Five Dock Park on Sunday, 19 April at 11am. This will be followed by a book launch of a history of the Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch at Club Five Dock.

Drummoyne RSL will be hosting their annual Service of Commemoration at the memorial in front of the City of Canada Bay Civic Centre on Anzac Day at 5.45am. There will also be Dawn Services at Concord RSL at 5am and Breakfast Point War Memorial at 5.45am. A service at dusk will be held at the Concord War Memorial on Anzac Day at 5pm.

Posted on April 14, 2015, in Canada Bay, More than just a name and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Canada Bay Connections has an interesting photograph of the Committee to inaugurate the first ANZAC Day Dawn Service, held in February 1930.

    The photograph appeared under the caption ‘The First Anzac Dawn Service’, The Voice (Published for the Employees and Friends of Lewis Berger & Sons (Aust.) Pty Ltd and associated companies), Second Quarter, 1947 page 6. It includes Don Willingham (Donald Albert Willingham) and Aub Mitchell (Aubrey Mitchell) who served in the First World War and later worked for Berger at Rhodes.

    Although this was not the first Dawn Service to be held, it is certainly an early example of planning for a Dawn Service in NSW. See the Australian War Memorial web page for an interesting examination of the history of the Dawn Service.

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