ANZAC Day 201721-Apr-2017
ANZAC Day 2017
Australia’s first returned soldiers from WWI were men who had volunteered and sailed from Albany in November 1914, but were coming home without seeing any action because they were in poor health, injured or unsuitable. When they returned to Australia in March 1915 they soon realised they needed an organisation to represent them, to protect their interests and their reputations. From this small beginning grew the national body that we know now as the Returned and Services League of Australia, for the past century a powerful voice in advocating and providing veterans’ welfare and a major influence in shaping our nation.
On Anzac Day 1916 more than 4000 soldiers who had been repatriated after seeing action at Gallipoli marched through the streets of Sydney. Those who couldn’t march were carried in open cars and ambulances. An estimated 60,000 people turned out in the Domain to give thanks at the commemoration service.
Once again, RSL NSW hopes the people of New South Wales will declare their support for the men and women who have served in our nation’s defence force, by attending the many services to be held throughout our State.
For many thousands Anzac Day starts at 4am with the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place Sydney. The Anzac Day March will commence, as usual, at 9.00 am and will be followed by the Commemoration Service at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, at 12.30 pm. The Sunset Service brings the official Anzac Day Commemorations in Sydney to a conclusion. This ceremony will start at the Cenotaph, Martin Place, at 5.00 pm.
There are many Anzac Day commemoration events happening throughout NSW for people to attend and pay their respects. RSL NSW encourages you to stay local and attend one of the many services to be held throughout the Sydney metropolitan area, regional and rural areas. These include services at North Bondi, Penrith, Parramatta, Burwood, Cronulla, Chatswood and Granville just to name a few.
In regional and rural NSW, services will be held in Wollongong, Newcastle, Terrigal, Tamworth and Port Macquarie.
Visit www.rslnsw.org.au/AnzacDay2017 to find out how you can commemorate Anzac Day in your local area.
RSL NSW works with and takes advice from NSW Police on all security and general safety matters. Anyone planning to attend services in Sydney CBD is advised to monitor NSW Police social media for updates on crowd numbers. Dawn Service attendees are advised to follow the direction of police and marshals in and around Martin Place to ensure the morning is safe for everyone.
This is particularly important for 2017 commemorations with changes to pedestrian access points due to ongoing construction on George Street in the CBD.
Crowd barriers will be in place along the March route in Sydney CBD to ensure the safety of participants and provide safe spectator viewing areas.
Large numbers of police in uniform and plain clothes will be out in force this year patrolling the CBD providing a highly visible and mobile policing response.