The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. It marks 100 years since our involvement in the First World War.
Albany has played a significant part in the national commemorations during this period, including the November 2014 commemorative event that marked the departure of the first Anzac fleet from King George Sound, and the construction of the $10.6 million National Anzac Centre.
The award-winning National Anzac Centre is now fast becoming one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, and surrounded by stunning biodiversity, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and woman departed Australia for the Great War.. Visiting the National Anzac Centre is a deeply emotional experience and will be an important part of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations in 2018.
The City of Albany has worked closely with the Returned and Services League Albany sub-branch and other stakeholders to plan and deliver enhanced Anzac Day experiences throughout the centenary period.
This close collaboration will continue in 2018 with an expanded program of events to be delivered across the community in addition to the traditional RSL Anzac Day commemorative events.
In 2018 Remembrance Day will also take on increased significance as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War was declared.