1. What is ANZAC Day?
Every year on April 25th, cities and towns around Australia hold commemorative events to pay respect to men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation. On ANZAC Day, The Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch Incorporated (RSLWA) will be hosting major commemorative events within the city centre that are expected to attract more than 100,000 people.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. As part of that significant milestone, the major theme of this year’s ANZAC Day is about those important final battles fought on the Western Front all those years ago. This year we will be commemorating the significant battle of Villers-Bretonneux.
As a result of the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front, German forces had used infantry and tanks to capture Villers-Bretonneux on 24 April 1918 and it was the high-risk task of the Australians to recapture this French village. The Australian counter-attack began just hours before ANZAC Day 1918, and the troops moved forward without artillery support in the drizzling rain. The Australian Imperial Forces recaptured Villers-Bretonneux on ANZAC Day 1918 and it was considered a significant military victory. This victory prevented the threat posed to the strategic French town of Amiens, which lay just ten miles to the west.
2. When and where will the commemorations be held?
Flame of Remembrance, Kings Park: each evening from 22 April to 24 April.
1700 | Sunset Services conducted around the Flame of Remembrance start at 1700 and conclude at approximately 1730. The Services will be held over three evenings and will focus on a different theme each evening with the program including a wreath-laying ceremony.
0530 – 0700 | The Dawn Service will be conducted at the State War Memorial on Fraser Avenue commencing at 6:00 am.
0700 – 0900 | Government House Gardens.
The community is invited to attend a Gunfire Breakfast to share the spirit of ANZAC Day. The breakfast will be held at Government House on St Georges Terrace. The event will cater for up to 2,000 people.
0915 | Perth City Streets.
The Australian Defence Force will step off from the corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace at 0915, followed by veteran-carrying military jeeps and vehicles, the Ex-Services Unit, Corps and Regimental Associations. The March will head east along St Georges Terrace, turning right onto Victoria Avenue and dispersing onto Langley Park.
1100 | Perth Concert Hall.
For the first time, the Commemorative Service will be held at the Perth Concert Hall commencing at 1100. The Commemorative Service program will feature the Salvation Army Perth Fortress Band and an 80-strong choir brought together from the Perth Modern School Chamber Choir and Perth Modern School Alumni Singers. The Service will conclude at approximately 1200. This event is a free ticketed event. Tickets are available through RLSWA.
3. What time should I arrive?
In order to find parking and secure a viewing position at the Sunset Services, we recommend arriving at 1630; 30 minutes before the Service commences.
We recommend arriving from 0400 onwards at the Dawn Service. Some travel delays may be experienced, so please plan your journey and allow extra time to get to the Commemoration. Please note at 0550 the lights will go out and at 0600 all will be quiet as the Service commences.
To secure a good viewing area for the March, we suggest you arrive around 0830. The Parade route extends along St Georges Terrace from Barrack Street to Victoria Avenue.
4. Where is the best place to view the events?
You can find a good viewing position at the Whispering Wall and there will be standing room around the Flame of Remembrance.
You can view the service on 7 large screens surrounding the commemorative site. Some areas will be controlled by security and low fencing for safety and viewing comfort. The screens ensure that good viewing is accessible for all.
You will be able to secure a good viewing place along the route of the March on St Georges Terrace, from Barrack Street to Victoria Avenue. The earlier you arrive, the closer to the front you will be. Designated crossing points will be confirmed in early April.
The Perth Concert Hall seats over 1,700 people. On the day, seating will not be allocated and guests will be seated by ushers starting from the front of the venue.
Seating for aged and infirm will be reserved and wheelchair allocation and access has been arranged. When registering your attendance please advise of any special requirements.
5. Where is the March Form-Up Area?
The Form-Up Area will be between Barrack Street and William Street on St Georges Terrace and on Barrack Street between The Esplanade and Hay Street.
Details of the Order of the March and Form-Up Area will be available on the RSLWA website closer to ANZAC Day.
If you wish to participate in the March, please be aware of the ANZAC Day March Protocols. If you are marching as a Next of Kin and are unsure whom you should be marching with, please call the RSLWA with the details of the person you will be marching on behalf of (i.e. the Unit, Crops, Regiment, Ship they served with).
For further information please contact RSLWA directly or phone 9287 3799.
6. Can I lay a wreath during the Sunset Services before ANZAC Day and at the Dawn Service?
If you would like to lay a wreath during one of the Sunset Services, held at the Flame of Remembrance near the State War Memorial Cenotaph, please contact the RSLWA on 9287 3799 or email@example.com. Please note there are limited opportunities to lay a wreath during the Services, however, the general public is welcome to lay a wreath after each Sunset Service.
Wreath laying during the Dawn Service is by invitation only, however, the general public is welcome to lay a wreath after the Dawn Service has completed.
7. What are the themes for each Sunset Service?
Sunday 22 April 2018 – 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic
Monday 23 April 2018 – 100th Anniversary of Villers-Bretonneux
Tuesday 24 April 2018 – Australia’s Air Campaign during the Vietnam War, with a focus on the 50th Anniversary of events during 1968.
8. How can I find out about other Commemorations being held by RSL Sub-Branches?
Over 100 RSLWA Sub-Branches around the State hold ANZAC Day events. To find out about ANZAC Day activities at your local Sub-Branch, please visit here.
9. What other events are taking place on ANZAC Day?
Jewish War Memorial Service
0700 | Jewish War Memorial, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April.
Haka for Life
0710 | Fraser Lawn, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April.
2/28th Battalion and 24th Anti-Tank Company Assn Service
0715 – 0800 | 2/28th Battalion and 24th Anti-Tank Company Symbolic Flame, Lovekin Drive, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service
0730 | Vietnam Memorial, Synergy Parkland, May Drive, Kings Park on Wednesday 25 April.