Albany remembers on November 11.
Commemorating 100 years since armistice.
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 – where the first Anzac fleet departed in 1914 and widely regarded as the birthplace of Australia’s Anzac Day dawn service tradition – will host one of the biggest Remembrance Day programs in Australia to mark 100 years since the Armistice of World War I in what will be a fitting closure to the four-year Anzac Centenary.
Headlined by the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour, the four-day program from November 8 to November 11 will be a fitting tribute to the Anzacs and the many men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in other conflicts around the world.
About 2,000 students from 26 schools across the region will participate in a combined schools Remembrance Parade down York Street on Thursday, November 8, before congregating in Anzac Peace Park for a memorial service.
The Albany RSL sub-branch will hold a troop march down York Street including Australian Defence Force personnel to commemorate the centenary of Armistice on Sunday, November 11, and a memorial service in Anzac Peace Park.
Highlights of the community events include a choral performance titled ‘By Other Eyes’ on Remembrance Day, and a Community Celebration on Stirling Terrace to mark the moment on November 11 that the end of war was declared.
There will also be a Royal Australian Navy Ceremonial Sunset at the National Anzac Centre on November 9, and an exhibition at Princess Royal Fortress titled ‘Honouring Albany’s Own’ in memory of the 187 men and women remembered on the Avenue of Honour.
From sunset until midnight on November 8, the Department of Communities will be projecting a cascade of 59,000 poppies representing the approximate number of Australian soldier who died during World War I onto the Town Hall.
Anzac Albany 2018 has been made possible with the support of the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, Tourism WA, Lotterywest, FORM and the City of Albany.