ANZAC Day Cronulla 2024

Anzac Day services in Cronulla

Commemorating ANZAC Day 2024:

Honoring Sacrifice, Remembering History

What does ANZAC stand for?

ANZAC stand for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

A brief history of Anzac Day

ANZAC Day finds its roots in the Gallipoli landings on April 25th, 1915, when ANZAC troops, along with British and French forces, attempted to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The campaign, intended to secure a naval route to Russia and knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war, quickly devolved into a grueling stalemate marked by fierce fighting and unimaginable hardship.

Despite their bravery and determination, the ANZACs faced devastating losses. Over the course of the eight-month campaign, more than 8,700 Australian soldiers and 2,700 New Zealanders lost their lives, and thousands more were wounded. The Gallipoli campaign, though ultimately unsuccessful in its objectives, left an indelible mark on the national consciousness of both Australia and New Zealand, shaping their identities and fostering a sense of camaraderie and resilience.

Where in Cronulla can I honour our ANZACs?

The Commemorative Service begins at 5.30am

Cronulla Park – click here for a map

Cronulla RSL will be open from 4.30am and those wishing to march together can do so from the club from 5.15am.

You can join the ANZAC Day dawn service in Cronulla to honour those who gave their lives for our freedom today and also take the time to honour all those who have also served and died in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations around the world at any time.

Why shoud we commemorate ANZAC Day?

Honoring Sacrifice: ANZAC Day provides an opportunity for us to honour the courage, sacrifice, and selflessness of the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the defense of our nations. It is a day to pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that future generations could live in freedom.

Remembering History: By commemorating ANZAC Day, we ensure that the sacrifices and struggles of past generations are not forgotten. It allows us to reflect on the lessons learned from war and conflict, and the importance of peace, unity, and reconciliation.

Fostering National Identity: ANZAC Day plays a vital role in shaping our national identity, reinforcing values such as mateship, resilience, and service to others. It brings communities together in a spirit of remembrance and solidarity, transcending differences and highlighting the common bonds that unite us.

Supporting Veterans: ANZAC Day also serves as an opportunity to show support for veterans, both those who have served in the past and those who continue to serve today. It is a chance to acknowledge their contributions, express gratitude for their service, and ensure they receive the care and support they deserve.

How can I commemorate ANZAC Day?

Attend a Dawn Services: Dawn services are a central feature of our ANZAC Day commemorations, symbolizing the time of the original Gallipoli landings. Join the Cronulla dawn service to pay your respects and honour those who lost their lives to let us keep our freedoms

Wear a Red Poppy: The red poppy has become a symbol of remembrance for ANZAC Day, and in particular is worn around Remembrance Day on November 11th.  It is inspired by the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” written during World War I, where many red poppies grow. Dormant poppy seeds grew into flowers of the earth was churned up during the war.  The poppy is worn as a mark of respect and in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

Visit Memorials and War Cemeteries: Whether you have a local place to visit or are on holiday or perhaps a business trip you may wish to take time visit memorials, war cemeteries, and commemorative sites and reflect on the sacrifices made by ANZACs and other servicemen and women around the world.

Participate in Commemorative Events: You can join commemorative marches, ceremonies, and other events organized in your community to honour veterans and pay tribute to their service and sacrifice.

Educate and Share Stories: You may prefer to take the opportunity to educate others, especially younger generations, about the significance of ANZAC Day and the history behind it. Share stories of courage, resilience, and sacrifice to ensure that the legacy of the ANZACs lives on.

 

Dawn Service in Cronulla

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