On Friday, April 25, the ANZAC Day Parramatta 2014 begins with the Dawn Service at Prince Alfred Park.
"ANZAC is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds." - Sir William Deane, Governor-General, ANZAC Day 1999
4:00am: Parade assembles at the RSL club.
4:15am: March to Prince Alfred Park starts.
4:30am: Dawn service commences at Prince Alfred Park.
Post service: Community breakfast in the club auditorium.
Guest speaker will be Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lording.
If you are visiting Parramatta for the service or for a relaxing long weekend, Rydges Parramatta can look after all your accommodation needs.
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Austraian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Commemorative services are held at dawn, the time of the original landings at Gallipoli and, later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller townships around the country. It is a day to reflect on war, and peace, and on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could continue living in a free country.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.